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Gounod: Faust - Highlights / Pretre, Domingo, Freni

Gounod / Domingo / Pretre
Release Date: 06/21/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 94862   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marc VentoThomas AllenMichèle CommandNicolai Ghiaurov,   ... 
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera ChorusParis Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Works on This Recording

1. Faust: Vin ou bièrre "Kermesse Scene" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marc Vento (Baritone)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: French 
2. Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Marc Vento (Baritone), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Michèle Command (Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
3. Faust: Nous nous retrouverons, mes amis by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Michèle Command (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
4. Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
5. Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
6. Faust: Il se fait tard by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
7. Faust: Seigneur, daignez permettre "Church Scene" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
8. Faust: Gloire immortelle [Soldiers' Chorus] by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
9. Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
10. Faust: Anges purs, anges radieux by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 

Sound Samples

Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: 'Vin ou biere'.
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: 'O sainte medaille....Avant de quitter ces lieux...Le veau d'or est toujours debout'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act II: 'Nous, nous retrouvons mes amis!...Ainsi que la brise egere...Ne permettrez vous pas, ma belle demoiselle'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: 'Quel trouble inconnu me penetre!...Salut! demeure chaste et pure'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: 'Je voudrais bien savoir...Il etait un roi de Thule...Ah!..Je ris'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: 'Il se fait tard!...Adieu!'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: 'Seigneur, daignez permettre...Souviens-toi du passe...Quand du Seigneur'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: 'Gloire immortelle de nos aieux'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act III: 'Vous aui faites I'endormie'
Faust (1989 Digital Remaster), Act V: 'Alerte, alerte...Anges purs, anges radieux...Christ est ressuscite'

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Probably the best highlights available March 11, 2014 By Christopher D. (Kokomo, IN) See All My Reviews "This has a lot to recommend - Domingo and Freni in beautiful voice, the young Thomas Allen as Valentin, Pretre's fine leadership and feel for the music. It gets points for including the heavenly chorale after Marguerite's death, as it should - even highlights need redemption at the end. Two problems, however: one is that Domingo manages to be a boring Faust. The voice is there, the notes are there (even a short high C), but Faust's ardor, elegance, and emotional involvement aren't. Faust has to be romantic enough to convince pious Marguerite to fall for him. and he needs to make us see what he's sold his soul for: youth, boyish ardor, the feeling that he's going to be young forever - 'the wild freshness of morning.' That we don't get here. Domingo sings the role beautifully, though. The second problem is Nicolai Ghiaurov - another crude, loud Mephistopheles. Sure, he's the devil, but he has to persuade the scholarly Faust to go for this deal, and he wouldn't do that by bellowing. Gounod wrote for the kind of elegant, supple French bass we don't have around any more- Jose van Dam is the best at that. However, I still love this recording for its many virtues, and this disc is a sound choice." Report Abuse
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