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Gounod: Faust / Kaufmann, Poplavskaya, Pape, Nezet-seguin, Metropolitan Opera


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002021809  
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marina PoplavskayaJonas KaufmannRené Pape
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Jonas Kaufmann leads an all-star cast in a thrilling performance of Gounod’s melodrama.

”Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar... was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.”- The New York Times

Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff’s production, hailed by the New York Times as “rich with ideas and theatrically daring”, presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances. Alongside
Read more Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the “phenomenal” Rene Pape as Mephistopheles and the “ideally-suited” Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite. Star conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin draws an “elegant, darkly textured performance” from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
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Works on This Recording

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Faust by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), René Pape (Bass)
Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 

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