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Gounod: Faust / Cluytens, Gedda, Blanc, Christoff, Et Al


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67975   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Boris ChristoffErnest BlancRita GorrLiliane Berton,   ... 
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Theater Opera Orchestra of ParisNational Theater Opera Chorus of Paris
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the longest time this has been the preferred version of this opera; and despite some quirks, it remains so. In the late 1950s, when this was recorded, Nicolai Gedda was the finest Faust in the world, with a ringing, easy top and a winning combination of French, elegant style, and ardency. Victoria de los Angeles, with her beautiful, narrow tone, similarly is just right as Marguerite; she presents an innocence in the early scenes that is unmatchable and a broken-ness later on that can break your heart. Boris Christoff is simply amazing: he's unbeatable when it comes to "face", that ability to practically be visible through sound alone. The fact that he chews the scenery and sounds about as French as Boris Godunov is just the Read more price we have to pay. I wouldn't trade his performance for any other singer's.

Ernest Blanc's Valentin is a bit soft-edged, but it's wonderfully drawn nonetheless, and casting Rita Gorr as Marthe is luxurious. Liliane Berton's Siebel is energetic and boyish. The leadership of André Cluytens is warm and idiomatic, and his orchestra and chorus are right at home. The sound is very fine for its fortysomething age. This is an honest, straightforward, effective presentation of this opera, and I bet you'll love Christoff--glottal emphases and all.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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Faust by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass), Ernest Blanc (Baritone), Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano),
Liliane Berton (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano),
Victor Autran (Baritone)
Conductor:  André Cluytens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris,  National Theater Opera Chorus of Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: French 

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