Berlioz – La Damnation de Faust

Bryan Hymel, Christopher Purves, Gabor Bretz, Karen Cargill, London Symphony Choir, London Symphony Orchestra

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Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra mark 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz with this recording of his tempestuous oratorio La damnation de Faust – a work born of the composer’s obsession with Goethe’s legendary tale. It’s a fable that defies definition – both a tragedy and dark comedy, with a central character both wise and despicable, and a play and epic poem in one. Sir Simon Rattle says, “This is a tribute to the Orchestra, and a tribute to Colin Davis. All of my generation learnt our Berlioz from Colin and the LSO. I’ve grown up with this music, and as a weird kid in the music library where my sister worked, the Berlioz Treatise on Instrumentation was one of my bibles.”

 

Tracklist

1.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. I, Scene I - 'Le vieil hiver'
05:34
2.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. I, Scene II/III - Ronde de paysans. 'Les bergers laissent ... Mais d'un
02:24
3.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. I, Scene III - Marche hongroise (Hungarian March)
04:53
4.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene IV - 'Sans regrets j'ai quitte les riantes campagnes'
04:50
5.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene IV - Chant de la Fete de Paques. 'Christ vient de ressusciter!
05:29
6.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene IV - 'Helas! doux chants du ciel'
01:14
7.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene V - 'O pure emotion!'
02:27
8.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VI - 'A boire encor!'
02:35
9.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VI - Chanson de Brander. 'Certain rat, dans une cuisine'
02:01
10.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VI - Fugue. 'Amen'
01:31
11.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VI - 'Vrai dieu! messieurs'
01:20
12.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VI - Chanson de Mephistopheles. 'Une puce gentille'
01:30
13.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VI - 'Assez! fuyons ces lieux'
02:27
14.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VII - Air de Mephistopheles. 'Voici des roses'
02:21
15.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VII - Choeur de gnomes et de sylphes. Songe de Faust. 'Dors! h
05:56
16.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VII - Ballet des sylphes
02:35
17.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VII - 'Margarita!'
01:14
18.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. II, Scene VIII - Final. 'Villes entourees' - Chanson d'etudiants. ' Jam
04:27
19.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene IX - Prelude
01:03
20.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene IX - Air de Faust. 'Merci, doux crepuscule!'
05:11
21.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene X - 'Je l'entends!'
01:06
22.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XI - 'Que l'air est etouffant!'
02:53
23.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XI - Le roi de Thule. 'Autrefois un roi de Thule'
05:20
24.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XII - Evocation. 'Esprits des flammes inconstantes'
01:53
25.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XII - Menuet des follets (Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps)
05:45
26.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XII - 'Maintenant, chantons a cette belle' - Serenade de Meph
02:46
27.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XIII - Final. 'Grand Dieu! ... Ange adore'
05:17
28.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. III, Scene XIV - 'Allons, il est trop tard! ... Je connais donc enfin'
04:47
29.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XV - Romance. 'D'amour l'ardente flamme'
08:19
30.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XV - 'Au son des trompettes'
02:14
31.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XVI - Invocation a la nature. 'Nature immense'
04:55
32.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XVII - Recitatif et chasse. 'A la voute azuree'
03:30
33.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XVIII - La course a l'abime. 'Dans mon coeur retentit sa voix'
03:33
34.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XIX - Pandaemonium. 'Has! Irimiru Karabrao! ... Tradioun Marex
04:04
35.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XIX - Epilogue. 'Alors, l'enfer se tut'
01:15
36.
La Damnation de Faust - Pt. IV, Scene XX - Dans le ciel. 'Laus! Hosanna!' - Apotheose de Marguerite.
05:28

Total time: 02:04:07

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LSO0809D

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Balance Engineer

Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd.

Mastering Engineer

Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd.

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Producer

Andrew Cornall

Recording Engineer

Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd.

Recording location

Live at the Barbican, London on 17 & 19 September, 2017

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64

Release Date March 8, 2019

Press reviews

Classics Today 5 out of 5

This is a wonderful, vivid performance. Rattle handles the scene transitions almost cinematically. From the Song of the Flea in the cellar that appalls Faust, Mefistofeles transports Faust to a field where he is lolled to sleep on a bed of roses. It’s an almost mystical voyage and the ethereal chorus of gnomes and spirits is bettered only by the Sylph Ballet, so diaphanously lovely as to hypnotize the listener despite Berlioz’s warning harmonies. And it is these tender, subtle moments that make us wonder if the huge moments—the Ride to the Abyss and Pandemonium—will have their full, menacing effect. We need not have been concerned: they overwhelm. (…)
Artistic Quality: 10 stars
Sound Quality: 8 stars

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