Mephistopheles and Other Bad Guys (2018)

Wagner, Meyerbeer, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Getty, Berlioz, Verdi, Offenbach, Weber, Mozart, Beethoven, Boito, Gounod

Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

Lawrence Foster

Voices from the depths

George Bernard Shaw once famously sought to explain many an opera plot by asserting a simple axiom: ‘Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone’. Indeed, this is true of many masterpieces in the canon — from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor to Verdi’s La traviata and Il trovatore and Puccini’s Tosca.

Beyond the masterly humour, Shaw’s words point to the assumption that in opera, specific voice types, both male and female, are associated with certain types of characters. The soprano is the young heroine — and she often dies. The tenor is the hero — and he often dies too. And so on. To be sure, such an assumption, reasonable though it may be, is also commonplace, and to be taken with more than a grain of salt. If one moves both within and away from the bulk of today’s operatic canon, one will find many exceptions to Shaw’s rule. A look at Rossini’s opera serie, for example, will reveal that a tenor can sometimes be a father or a villain. A contralto needs not be to be a mother, an antagonist, or a psychologically complex figure; in numerous nineteenth- century Italian and French operas, male roles (young persons, heroes, and indeed lovers) are assigned to this female voice. And so on.

 
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Lawrence Foster

Since 2013 Lawrence Foster has held the position of Music Director of l'Opéra de Marseille and l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, with which he toured in the summer of 2014 and conducted at the Kissinger Sommer and in China. This season sees, among others, opera productions of The Flying Dutchman and Falstaff.
Highlights of the 2014/15 season include engagements as guest conductor with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Lawrence Foster will also be returning to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. In the summer of 2014 he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Ute Lemper, at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich at the Grafenegg Festival

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Mephistopheles and Other Bad Guys (2018)

Wagner, Meyerbeer, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky, Getty, Berlioz, Verdi, Offenbach, Weber, Mozart, Beethoven, Boito, Gounod

Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

Editing Software: Pyramix
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Erdo Groot
Recording location: Palais du Pharo, Merseille, France
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: 64fs

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Faust, Le veau d'or est toujours debout
Gounod
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Faust Vous qui faites l'endormie
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Mefistofel - Son lo Spirito che nega
Boito
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Mefistofele Ecco il mondo
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6 Songs, Op. 75: No. 3, Aus Goethes Faust
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Fidelio, Op. 72 Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
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Die Entf?hrung aus dem Serail, K. 384 -Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden
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Die Entf?hrung aus dem Serail, K. 384- O, wie will ich triumphieren
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Der Freisch?tz, J. 277- Schweig! Damit dich niemand warnt
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Les contes d'Hoffmann Prologue. Dans les roles d'amoureux langoureux
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Les contes d'Hoffmann Scintille, diamant
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I Lombardi alla prima crociata - Sciagurata!
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La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111 Voici des roses
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La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111 Devant la maison - Serenade of Mephistopheles
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Mephistopheles to Faust
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Mephistopheles's Song in Auerbach's Cellar - Song of the Flea
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The Rake's Progress - I Burn, I Burn! I Freeze!
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Robert le diable - Voici donc les d?bris du monastere antique
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Das Rheingold, WWV 86A: Bin ich nun frei - Alberich's Curse
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