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Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust / Pretre, Gedda, Horne, Soyer, Rome Opera Orchestra

Berlioz / Gedda / Horne / Soyer / Petkov
Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 7073  
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Nicolai GeddaRoger SoyerMarilyn HorneDimiter Petkov
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Including a 56-page booklet with historic photos; a complete French libretto with new, original English translation; and an essay on the performance by Robert Levine, this 1969 Rome recording is illuminated by the Swedish-Russian tenor Nicolai Gedda, superstar American mezzo Marilyn Horne, and French bass-baritone Roger Soyer.

"Georges Prêtre is far more inspired here than on his commercial EMI recording, the Rome Opera forces responding to all his mercurial demands. An almost ideal cast adds to our enjoyment. Nicolai Gedda’s understanding of French style has always been a marvel, and he is here matched by the urbanity of Roger Soyer’s Mephisto. Marilyn Horne is surprise casting as Marguerite, but turns in one of the
Read more best performances of the role on disc."

-- Joel Kasow, Fanfare [3/2008]
Reviewing later release of this recording, Bravissimo 9082


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Works on This Recording

1.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Roger Soyer (Bass-baritone), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Dimiter Petkov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 01/11/1969 
Venue:  Rome Opera House 
Length: 124 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

La Damnation de Faust: Part I, "Le vieil hiver a fait place au printemps"
La Damnation de Faust: Part I, "Les bergers laissent leurs troupeaux"
La Damnation de Faust: Part I, "Marche hongroise"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Sans regrets j'ai quitté les riantes campagnes"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Christ vient de ressusciter!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Hélas! Doux chants du ciel"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Certain rat, dans une cuisine"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Une puce gentille"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Voici des roses"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Dors, dors, heureux Faust"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Ballet des sylphes"
La Damnation de Faust: Part II, "Marguerite! Qu'ai-je vu!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Merci, doux crépuscule!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Je l'entends!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Autrefois un roi de Thulé"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, Esprits des flammes inconstantes"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Maintenant, chantons"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Devant la maison"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Grand Dieu! Que vois-je!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part III, "Allons, il est trop tard!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "D'amour l'ardente flamme"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "Au son des trompettes"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "Nature immense, impénétrable et fière"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "À la voûte azurée"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "Dans mon c?ur retentit sa voix"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "Has! Irimiru Karabrao!"
La Damnation de Faust: Part IV, "Laus! Laus! Hosanna!"

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