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
best performances of the role on disc."
-- Joel Kasow, Fanfare [3/2008]
Reviewing later release of this recording, Bravissimo 9082
Works on This Recording
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Nicolai Gedda (Tenor),
Roger Soyer (Bass-baritone),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Dimiter Petkov (Baritone)
Rome Opera House Orchestra,
Rome Opera House Chorus
Written: 1845-1846; France
Date of Recording: 01/11/1969
Venue: Rome Opera House
Length: 124 Minutes 26 Secs.
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