Notes and Editorial Reviews
Sir Colin Davis's new version at super-bargain price offers a performance and sound which, even more than in his classic 1973 recording for Philips, Davis involves you in the painful quandary obsessing Faust, never letting tension slip for a moment. This time the playing of the LSO is even more refined, with rhythms even more lightly sprung, as in the witty treatment of Mephistopheles's
Flea song, characterfully sung by Michele Pertusi, weighty yet agile. As Faust, Giuseppe Sabbatini is more overtly emotional than any rival, Italianate in his expressiveness helped by his radiant tonal range down to a perfectly controlled head-voice. The Albanian soprano Enkelejda Shkosa is a warm, vibrant Marguerite, with a flicker in the voice
giving a hint of the heroine’s vulnerability. Not just the LSO but the London Symphony Chorus too are in searing form, and the recording brings out the detail of Berlioz’s orchestration with ideal transparency. The complete text is provided in the booklet, along with David Cairns's authoritative notes, if in microscopic print.
Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music – 2008, page 168.
Works on This Recording
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Giuseppe Sabbatini (Tenor),
Enkelejda Shkosa (Mezzo Soprano),
Michele Pertusi (Bass),
David Wilson-Johnson (Bass)
Sir Colin Davis
London Symphony Orchestra,
London Symphony Chorus
Written: 1845-1846; France
Date of Recording: 10/2000
Venue: Live Barbican Center, London, England
Length: 131 Minutes 1 Secs.
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