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Berlioz: 8 Scenes from Faust; Liszt, Wagner

Liszt / Wagner / Berlioz / Crf / Oprf / Sado
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 78646   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz LisztRichard WagnerHector Berlioz
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The concept and repertoire make this a disc of unusual interest. Berlioz’s Eight Scenes from Faust eventually became, greatly enlarged, The Damnation of Faust. Interestingly, Mephistopheles is a tenor; later he would become a baritone and Faust would get the tenor part. Wagner’s Faust Overture is a fine piece, seldom played, and hard to program outside of compilations such as this one, perhaps owing to its rather conservative, German romantic style. Liszt’s two pieces, the first of which is the famous Mephisto Waltz No. 1, seldom get performed together, as the composer intended. Yet the ensuing Nocturnal Procession is quite wonderfully atmospheric, and this diptych remains one of Liszt’s finest orchestral pieces in any genre. The Read more performances are very solid, the solo singing quite good, with alert playing and conducting. This is one of those releases that, while rewarding on its own, also undoubtedly will fill a couple of gaps in many record collections.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [8/2011]
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Works on This Recording

Episodes from Lenau's Faust, S 110 by Franz Liszt
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Salle Pleyel, Paris 
Length: 26 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Faust Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1844; Germany 
Venue:  Salle Pleyel, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Scčnes (8) de Faust, Op. 1 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Yutaka Sado
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828-1829; France 
Venue:  Salle Pleyel, Paris 
Length: 36 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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