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Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust / Chung, Von Otter, Terfel


Release Date: 08/11/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Keith LewisAnne Sofie von OtterBryn TerfelVictor von Halem,   ... 
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia ChorusEton College Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Keith Lewis fills the title role with dulcet ardor. The choral work is superb. In sum, a big screen, Technicolor production in the manner of Solti's 1981 neon account with von Stade, Riegel, and van Dam, which the present set rivals keenly without quite overtopping...high-water marks for general brilliance and sonic immediacy in the discography of the last 15 years or so and thus may be recommended with more or less enthusiasm."

- Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare Issue 22:3 (Jan/Feb 1999)
"...Keith Lewis fills the title role with dulcet ardor. The choral work is superb. In sum, a big screen, Technicolor production in the manner of Solti's 1981 neon account with von Stade, Riegel, and van Dam, which the present set rivals keenly without quite overtopping...high-water marks for general brilliance and sonic immediacy in the discography of the last 15 years or so and thus may be recommended with more or less enthusiasm."

- Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare Issue 22:3 (Jan/Feb 1999)
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Works on This Recording

1.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Keith Lewis (Tenor), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone),
Victor von Halem (Bass), David Nicklass (Treble)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Eton College Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 1995-96 
Venue:  Anvil Auditorium, Basingstoke, England 
Length: 123 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 1: Scène 1. "Le vieil hiver a fait place au printemps"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 1: Ronde des Paysans. "Les bergers quittent leurs troupeaux"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 1: Scène 2. "Mais d'un éclat guerrier"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 1: Marche hongroise
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 3. "Sans regrets j'ai quitté les riantes campagnes"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Chant de la fête de Pâques. "Christ vient de ressusciter!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: "Hélas! doux chant du ciel"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 4. "O pure émotion!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 5. Choeur de buveurs. "A boire encor!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Chanson de Brander. "Certain rat, dans une cuisine"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Fugue sur le thème de la chanson. "Amen"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: "Vrai Dieu, messieurs"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Chanson de Méphistophélès. "Une puce gentille"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: "Assez! fuyons ces lieux"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 6. Air de Méphistophélès. "Voici des roses"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Songe de Faust. "Dors! heureux Faust"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Ballet des Sylphes
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Scène 7. "Margarita!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Choeur de soldats: "Villes entourées de murs et de remparts"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Chanson d'étudiants:"Jam nox stellata velamina pandit"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 2: Villes entourées / Jam nox stellata
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Tambours et trompettes sonnant la retraite
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Scène 8. Air de Faust. "Merci, doux crépuscule!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Scène 9. "Je l'entends"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Scène 10. "Que l'air est étouffant"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Le roi de Thulé (Chanson gothique). "Autrefois un roi de Thulé"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Scène 11. Evocation. "Esprits des flammes inconstantes"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Menuet des Follets
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Sérénade de Méphistophélès. "Devant la maison"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Scène 13. "Grands dieux!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Trio et choeur. (Duo:) "Ange adoré"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: Scène 14. "Allons, il est trop tard!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 3: "Je connais donc enfin"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 15. Romance. "D'amour l'ardente flamme"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: "Au son des trompettes"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 16. Invocation à la Nature. "Nature immense"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 17. Récitatif et Chasse. "A la voûte azurée"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 18. La course à l'abîme. "Dans mon choeur retentit sa voix"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 19. Pandaemonium. "Has! Irimiru Karabrao!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: "Tradioun marexil firtrudinxé burrudixé"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 20. Epilogue sur la terre. "Alors, l'enfer se tut"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Scène 21. Le Ciel. "Laus! Laus!"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Apothéose de Marguerite. "Remonte au ciel, âme naïve"
La Damnation de Faust, Op.24 / Part 4: Viens! les vierges divines

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fabulous In Every Respect January 11, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Here is a Berlioz opera to savor and cherish. With a magnificent orchestral score performed to perfection by the Philharmonia Orchestra, an excellent chorus, and above all the top notch cast, this DG recording sparkles with melodic passion and emotional twists and turns. Anne Sofie Von Otter' breathtaking aria at the beginning of Part 4, Keith Lewis's steady portrayal of the emotionally desperate Faust, and Bryn Terfel's similarly excellent Mephistopheles highlight a performance that never fails to engage the listener. At just over 2 hours in length, Berlioz for once packages his great work into a realistically manageable structure. All in all, this is a recording sure to satisfy any opera fan, and I definitely recommend it." Report Abuse
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