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Gounod: Faust (Highlights) / Cluytens, Gedda, Blanc, Et Al


Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 93376   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera ChorusParis Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the longest time this has been the preferred version of this opera; and despite some quirks, it remains so. In the late 1950s, when this was recorded, Nicolai Gedda was the finest Faust in the world, with a ringing, easy top and a winning combination of French, elegant style, and ardency. Victoria de los Angeles, with her beautiful, narrow tone, similarly is just right as Marguerite; she presents an innocence in the early scenes that is unmatchable and a broken-ness later on that can break your heart. Boris Christoff is simply amazing: he's unbeatable when it comes to "face", that ability to practically be visible through sound alone. The fact that he chews the scenery and sounds about as French as Boris Godunov is just the Read more price we have to pay. I wouldn't trade his performance for any other singer's.

Ernest Blanc's Valentin is a bit soft-edged, but it's wonderfully drawn nonetheless, and casting Rita Gorr as Marthe is luxurious. Liliane Berton's Siebel is energetic and boyish. The leadership of André Cluytens is warm and idiomatic, and his orchestra and chorus are right at home. The sound is very fine for its fortysomething age. This is an honest, straightforward, effective presentation of this opera, and I bet you'll love Christoff--glottal emphases and all.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing the full opera recording]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Faust: Excerpt(s) by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: Vin ou bière (Choeur/Wagner)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: O sainte médaille (Valentin/Wagner/Siebel/Choeur)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: Avant de quitter ces lieux (Valentin/Wagner/Choeur/Méphistophélès)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: Le veau d'or est toujours debout! (Méphistophélès/Choeur)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: Nous nous retrouverons, mes amis! (Méphistophélès/Faust)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: Ainsi que la brise légère (Valse: Choeur/Méphistophélès/Faust/Siebel)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: Ne permettrez-vous pas ma belle demoiselle (Faust/Marguerite/Siebel/Méphistophélès)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre ... Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (Faust)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: Je voudrais bien savoir ... Il était un Roi de Thulé (Ballade du roi de Thulé: Marguerite)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: Un bouquet! ... O Dieu! Que de bijoux! (Air de bijoux: Marguerite)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: Il se fait tard, adieu! (Marguerite/Faust)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: O nuit d'amour, ciel radieux (Marguerite/Faust)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Seigneur, daignez permettre ... Souviens toi du passé
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Quand du Seigneur le jour luira ... Seigneur accueillez la prière (Marguerite/Méphistophélès/Choeur)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Déposons les armes! (Choeur/Valentin/Siebel)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Gloire immortelle (Choeurs des soldats)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Vous qui faites l'endormie (Sérénade: Méphistophélès)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Par ici!, par ici, mes amis! (Marthe/Choeur/Valentin/Marguerite/Siebel)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act IV: Écoute-moi bien Marguerite! (Valentin/Siebel/Marthe/Choeur)
Faust - opera in five acts (1989 Digital Remaster), Act V: Alerte, alerte, ou vous êtes perdus ... Anges purs! (Méphistophélès/Marguerite/Faust)

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