Opera, 01. Januar 1992
Musically this was an unusually sensitive Frau.
Hartmut Haenchen avoided the dense, ear-wearying volume one often encounters in this piece. Even the tremendous orchestral climaxes in the final act sang, additional brass players high in the auditorium giving a trilling lift to the sound. Perhaps accasional tempo was a bit deliberate, but any reservations were swept away by this conductor’s deep empathy with the score and the magnificent playing he secured from all sections of the Netherlands Philharmonic.
Michael Davidson