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Gounod: Faust / Rizzi, Hadley, Gasdia, Ramey, Mentzer

Release Date: 05/31/1994 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 90872   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Gounod
Performer:  Brigitte FassbaenderCecilia GasdiaJerry HadleySamuel Ramey,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera ChorusWelsh National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 32 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Rizzi, with an outstanding cast and vividly clear recording, makes the whole score seem totally fresh and new. Jerry Hadley as Faust has lyrical freshness rather than heroic power, brought out in his headily beautiful performance of Salut! demeure and, like Rizzi's conducting, his singing has more light and shade in it than that of rivals. The tenderness as well as the bright agility of Cecilia Gasdia's singing as Marguerite brings comparable variety of expression, with the Roi de Thule song deliberately drained of colour to contrast with the brilliance of the Jewel Song which follows. Her performance culminates in an angelic contribution to the final duet, with Rizzi's slow speed encouraging refinement leading up to Read more a shattering moment of judgement and a fine apotheosis. Alexander Agache as Valentine may be less characterful than Hampson on the EMI Toulouse set, but his voice is caught more richly; but it is the commandingly demonic performance of Samuel Ramey as Mephistopheles that sets the seal on the whole set, far more sinister than van Dam on EMI. Like the EMI set, Teldec offers a valuable appendix, not just the full ballet music but numbers cut for the definitive score - a drinking song for Faust and a charming aria for Siebel." - PENGUIN GUIDE 2003/04 Edition Read less

Works on This Recording

Faust by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Cecilia Gasdia (Soprano), Jerry Hadley (Tenor),
Samuel Ramey (Bass), Susanne Mentzer (Mezzo Soprano), Philippe Fourcade (Baritone),
Alexandru Agache (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Length: 201 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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