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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Amidst a host of treasured Aldeburgh memories dating right back to the festival's inception, nothing in my mind glows more vividly than Britten's revival of Schumann's Faust in June 1972. A recording was made on the same Snape platform shortly afterwards with some, if not all, of the original soloists . . . . I doubt if any conductor's imaginative response to the work . . . could have proved more revelatory. So this excellently reproduced CD is an obligatory purchase for every Schumann devotee. . . . I found myself marvelling at [Fischer-Dieskau's] rich savouring of words . . . . [T]he great dramatic moments of blinding, visionary dreams and death are profoundly moving, and he at once adopts a more mellifluously lyrical style when
returning as Doctor Marianus in the holier context of Part 3. In the Gretchen-inspired Part 1 Elizabeth Harwood touchingly combines tonal purity and maidenly innocence with acute vulnerability, and John Shirley-Quirk is a darkly sinister Mephistopheles. . . . Peter Pears enchants with his liquidity and super-sensitive phrasing, and the smaller parts . . . all contribute their own distinctive shades of colour so important in this score. As for the Aldeburgh Festival Chorus and Wandsworth School Choir I can only repeat that ''if (presumably) non-professional musicians can be made to sing like this, then let us have more festivals''. . . . [T]hey respond to Britten's every atmospheric demand with unfailing immediacy and pliability. The final ''Chorus Mysticus'', sung here in the first of Schumann's two versions, is truly awe-struck . . . . The ECO in its turn plainly shares the conductor's appreciation of felicities of scoring." -- Joan Chissell, Gramophone Read less
Works on This Recording
Scenes from Goethe's Faust by Robert Schumann
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Elizabeth Harwood (Soprano),
Peter Pears (Tenor),
John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1844-1853; Germany
Date of Recording: 09/1972
Venue: The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, England
Length: 117 Minutes 55 Secs.
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