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Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust / Davis, Sabbatini, Et Al


Release Date: 05/29/2001 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 8   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Giuseppe SabbatiniEnkelejda ShkosaMichele PertusiDavid Wilson-Johnson
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 11 Mins. 

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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 Read more 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.
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Works on This Recording

1.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Giuseppe Sabbatini (Tenor), Enkelejda Shkosa (Mezzo Soprano), Michele Pertusi (Bass),
David Wilson-Johnson (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Live  Barbican Center, London, England 
Length: 131 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

La damnation de Faust: Scene 1 - ?La vieil hiver?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 2/3a - ?Les bergers quittent ... Mais d'un eclat guerrier?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 3b - Hungarian March
La damnation de Faust: Scene 4a - ?Sans regrets j'ai quitte les riantes campagnes?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 4b - ?Christ vient de ressusciter?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 4c - ?Helas! Doux chants du ciel?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 5 - ?O pure emotion?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 6a - ?O boire encor!?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 6b - ?Certain rat, dans la cuisine?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 6c - ?Amen?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 6d - ?Vrai dieu messieurs?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 6e - ?Une puce gentille?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 6f - ?Assez! Fuyons ces lieux?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 7a - ?Voici des roses?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 7b - ?Dors! Heureux Faust?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 7c - Dance of the Sylphs
La damnation de Faust: Scene 7d - ?Margarita!?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 8 - ?Villes entourees ... Jam nox stellata Velamina Pandit?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 9a - Prelude
La damnation de Faust: Scene 9b - ?Merci, doux crepuscle!?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 10 - ?Je l'entends!?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 11a - ?Que l'air est etouffant!?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 11b - ?Autrefois un roi de Thule?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 12a - ?Esprits des flammes inconstantes?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 12b - Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps
La damnation de Faust: Scene 12c - ?Maintenant chantons a cette belle ... Devant la maison ... finale?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 13 - ?Grand Dieu! ... Ang adore?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 14 - ?Allons, il est trop tard! ... Je connais donc enfin?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 15a - ?D'amour l'ardente flamme?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 15b - ?Au son des trompettes?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 16 - ?Nature immense?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 17 - ?A la voute azuree?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 18 - ?Dans mon coeur retentit sa voix?
La damnation de Faust: Scene 19 - ?Ha! Irimiru Karabrao ... Tradioun marexil?
La damnation de Faust: Epilogue a - ?Alors, lenfer se tut?
La damnation de Faust: Epilogue b - ?Laus! Hosanna! ... Romante au ciel, ame naive?

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