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Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust / Terfel, Mattila, Abbado

Release Date: 02/28/1995 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 66308   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bryn TerfelKarita MattilaJan-Hendrik RooteringBarbara Bonney,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraTölz Boys ChoirSwedish Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Schumann’s treatment of Goethe is a curiously uneven work, composed at various stages in the last decade of his life. Parts 1 and 2 consist of dramatic scenes, which lie somewhere between opera and oratorio, rather as in Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust; but Schumann’s third part takes the music on to an altogether higher plane, setting the mystical final scene from Goethe’s poem (the same text Mahler used in his Eighth Symphony). Recordings and performances of the complete work are rare, partly because of its length (nearly two hours) and the need for multiple soloists (ten in this performance); so this exceptionally fine new Sony set, recorded ‘live’ at Berlin concerts last year, is very welcome indeed. Bryn Terfel is an ideally ardent, Read more troubled Faust, and sings a large amount of music with consummate authority. Mattila makes us feel for Gretchen, and the ensemble numbers are led by Barbara Bonney’s silvery high soprano. The choral singing (Swedish choirs prepared by the legendary Eric Ericson) is simply outstanding, as are the Tölz Boys Choir’s lusty contributions. Most importantly of all, Claudio Abbado conducts with flair and also with great sensitivity, and the members of the orchestra respond as if they believe in every note. If this set doesn’t win an award, there’s no justice in the world.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

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Works on This Recording

Scenes from Goethe's Faust by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Karita Mattila (Soprano), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass),
Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Endrik Wottrich (Tenor), Brigitte Poschner-Klebel (Soprano),
Susan Graham (Soprano), Harry Peeters (Bass), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano),
Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tölz Boys Choir,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Live  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Language: German 

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