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Boito: Mefistofele

London Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Performer: Norman Treigle, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Josella Ligi
  • Orchestra: Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Composer: Arrigo Boito
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera Series
  • ASIN: B000002SAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Prologue: Preludio (Orchestra)London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Prologue: Ave, Signor degli angeli e dei santi (La falangi celesti)Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Prologue: Ave, Signor (Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Prologue: I'è noto Faust?... Il più bizzarro pazzo ch'io mi conosca (Coro mysticus/Mefistofele) Sanctus! Sanctus! (La falangi celesti)Norman Treigle/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Prologue: Siam nimbi volanti dai limbi (Cherubini/Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Prologue: Salve, Regina! (Le penitenti/Falangi celesti/Cherubini)Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Perchè di là? (Coro)Ambrosian Opera Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Al soave raggiar di primavera (Faust/Wagner)Placido Domingo/Sir Thomas Allen/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Juhé! Juhé! Juheisa! Juhé! (Coro)Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Sediam sovra quel sasso (Faust/Wagner/Coro)Placido Domingo/Sir Thomas Allen/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mefistofele (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Dai campi, dai prati (Faust/Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 2: Son lo Spirito che nega (Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 2: Strano figlio del Caos (Faust/Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 1:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 2: Se tu mi doni un'ora di riposo (Faust/Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 2: Fin da stanotte (Mefistofele/Faust)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 1: Cavaliero illustre e saggio (Margherita/Faust/Mefistofele/Marta)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/Dame Heather Begg/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 1: Dimmi, se credi, Enrico, nella religione...Non vo'turber le fedi delle coscienze buone (Margherita/Faust)Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 1: Dio clemente, nuova, ignara son del mondo...E l'analito superno...Ah! Davver? nè in trappola cadeste ancor?..No so, credetelo, che sia l'amore (MargheriNorman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/Dame Heather Begg/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Su, cammina, cammina, cammina (Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Folletto (Faust/Mefistofele/Coro/Streghe/Stregoni)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 5:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Popoli! E scettro e clamide non date al Re sovrano? (Mefistofele/Streghe/Stregoni)Norman Treigle/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Ecco il mondo? (Mefistofele/Streghe/Stregoni)Norman Treigle/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Stupor! Stupor! (Faust/Mefistofele/Streghe/Stregoni)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act III: L'altra notte in fondo al mane (Margherita/Faust/Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 7:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Dio di pietà! (Margherita/Faust)Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Lontano, lontano, lontano (Margherita/Faust)Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Sorge il dì (Mefistofele/Margherita/Faust)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Spunta...l'aurora pallida (Margherita/Faust/Mefistofele/Falangi celesti)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Montserrat Caballé/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: La luna immobile innonda (Elena/Pantalis/Faust)Placido Domingo/Josella Ligi/Delia Wallis/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Ecco la notte del classico Sabba (Mefistofele/Faust)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Ah! Trionfi ad Elena (Coretidi)Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Notte cupa, truce, senza fine, funbrei (Elena/Coretidi)Josella Ligi/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Act IV: Forma ideal purissima della bellezza eternal (Faust/Elena/Mefistofele/Pantalis/Nereo/Coretidi)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Josella Ligi/Delia Wallis/Leslie Fyson/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 8:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Epilogue: Cammina, cammina...superbo pensier...O rimembranza! (Mefistofele/Faust)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Epilogue: Giunto sul passo estremo (Faust/Mefistofele)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mefistofele (1997 - Remaster), Epilogue: All'erta! All'erta! (Mefistofele/Faust/Falangi celesti/Cherubini)Norman Treigle/Placido Domingo/Ambrosian Opera Chorus/Wandsworth School Boys' Choir/London Symphony Orchestra/Julius Rudel 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 


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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inbetween hell version 28 Mar 2002
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This is a very good budget version of Mefistofele.
Domingo is great, and Caballe, is a very warm and lovable Margeritta.
Liqi, is ok as Mefistofele, but Im afraid after hearing Samuel Ramey, I must say, I cant imagine anyone else as the king of hell.
Do yourself a favour, pay a little more for the Domingo/Ramey version and you will notice the difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boito's Take On Faust Is A Great Success 3 Mar 2011
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Faust. The great character of western literature, next to Falstaff. As beloved of composers and artists as by poets and playwrights. He pops up in Prokofiev's Fiery Angel and Berlioz's opera de concert, but in both cases is he not overshadowed by the spirit that denieth: Mephistopheles, the demon.

Boito is famous for being Verdi's librettist and collaborator on the late operatic masterpieces, and maybe for that reason he is often written up as a weak imitator. By why should we think this when so much is beguiling and terrifying, tender and dramatic in his colourfully episodic treatment of the Faust myth? And Verdi never dreamt of anything so bold as the Mefistofele Prologue. It takes place in heaven, Mephisto jesting before the court, making a wager upon Faust's soul and scampering away as the blessed boys and more perfect angels weave in and out of each other paeans to the Holy Virgin. Thunder and lightning, Brucknerian strings and Berliozian brass. IT'S ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!

Domingo and Caballe, young and beguiling, make capital of the lovely duet for Faust and Margherita in the Second Act; Treigle's devil and the Ambrosian chorus have a riot later at the Witches Sabbath. Cleverly, Boito has noticed that the devil is often the more human, the more interesting, in these religiose dramas, and theer is a genuine feeling of pity when Faust escapes his clutches at the last. Treigle isn't a baritone I've heard elsewhere, but I find nothing lacking in his portrayal of the pessimistic fallen angel. I can't compare ths to the Decca version (Pavarotti,Freni, Ghiaurov), not having heard it, so I guess it comes down to your preferred singers. My advice is don't be put off the EMI - excellent sound, full documentation - simply because Treigle is a new name.

If you want to test the water, you might try Bernstein's scintillating account of the Prologue which was recorded live in Vienna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Norman Treigle is superb! 1 July 2005
By Steven Muni - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Boito's Mefistofele has some wonderful music in it, it really neads a strong cast--particularly in the title role--to make it work. The opera fades from view, only to be periodically rediscovered from time to time when an opera company wants to show off a stellar bass-baritone. Today, Samuel Ramey is the most famous interpreter of the role, and deservedly so.
But in the 1960s and early 70s, American bass-baritone Norman Treigle simply blew audiences away with his performance--and listening to this recording, one can see why. A stalwart of the New York City Opera, Treigle, like Beverly Sills, endured the enmity of Rudolph Bing, so did not sing at the Met. But what a voice! Although criticized for some histrionics in his singing, in this role Treigle is by turns urbane, sarcastic, terrifying and even sexy. His death at the height of his career was a great lost to opera.
And the rest of the cast members are no slouch either. Placido Domingo was 32 when this recording was made in 1973, and his singing is as ardent and thrilling as ever. Montserrat Caballe is also in glorious voice. Even the small role of Wagner was sung by the young Thomas Allen, now one of the great British baritones.
Another wonderful surprise is the chorus, which is masterfully held together by conductor Julius Rudel, who also guides the London Symphony Orchestra through Boito's lush score with a masterful hand. The sound quality is excellent.
This recording is simply a must-have for any collection.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 27 April 2004
By Good Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
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There are times when the force of will sweeps all before it.
Such is the case with this recording of Boito's "Mefistofele". There is a reason why it is not part of the standard repertoire. Simply put, it is not a great opera. However, it is an opera that, given the right set of circumstances, IE: the right conductor, the right soloists in every part and, on stage, an imaginative production, can actually soar.
Such was the case when New York City Opera decided to mount a production of it specifically to showcase the talents of its' formidable young bass, Norman Treigle. It was a triumph all too seldom experienced in the opera house.
This recording is not a document of that production (which was repeated for several seasons). However, it owes its' genesis to that legendary production. Reunited here are maestro Julius Rudel and the great Treigle. Joining them are none less than Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo, both in their glorious prime. The recorded sound, always good on LP, here is a revelation. It demonstrates yet again just how very good the analog format had become. It stands today with the very best.
Although he relished his years with New York City Opera, Treigle was eager to see his career grow. He eventually left New York City Opera and pursued his career in other venues, which led him to Europe.
He made his long anticipated debut at Covent Garden as another Mephisto, this one Gounod's. He had actually lobbied for a new production of "Mefistofele" to be mounted for him, but the company was not interested in the expense involved merely to showcase an "unproven" American singer. So Gounod's Faust, which Treigle had sung countless times, it was. It is said he was bitterly disappointed in virtually all facets of the production, as well as what he found to be unprofessional, disinterested and even lazy management. The reviews of this production upon which he had put so much hope were in general, and, amazingly, for Treigle in particular, dismal.
A quiet and sensitive man, Treigle was devastated.
The rest, as they say, is history. A few days later he was found dead in his London hotel room of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills.
He was only 48 years old.
This recording is a fitting memorial.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Mefistofele Ever 6 Dec 1999
By J. R Selfe - Published on Amazon.com
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Every voice in this CD is wonderful. Montserrat has is wonderful and dignified, Placido is great and Norman Trigle is fantastic. Next to Verdi's Don Carlo with Caballe and Domingo, this is my favorite opera CD. I can't say enough about the pleasure this music gives me.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Correction, Please 17 May 2007
By Brian Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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As the author of "Strange Child of Chaos: Norman Treigle," I would like to remark upon the previous review, "Fantastic." According to the correspondence of the period, Treigle certainly did not "lobby" for Covent Garden to produce "Mefistofele" rather than "Faust." A Memorandum dated October 23, 1973, makes it clear that Treigle wanted to eliminate "Mefistofele" from his repertory as soon as possible. In fact, Covent Garden was interested in mounting "Mefistofele" to follow the 1974 "Faust," but Treigle dissuaded them.

It was not "a few days" following that last "Faust" that Treigle died (not in London, but in New Orleans, and at the age of 47, not 48), but more than two months later. To say that a few poor reviews would have driven the bass-baritone to despair is to degrade the shadow of the man.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basso Profundo! 19 Oct 2000
By Martin W. Eldred - Published on Amazon.com
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Even with more recent excellent efforts by Samuel Ramey, Norman Treigle still sets the standard for "Mefisofele" (as well as many other bass roles). This is an outstanding recording highlighting one of the best Basso voices of all time (Treigle) and one of the best Tenor talents of our era (Domingo). Not an overly familiar opera in the standard canon, but an extraordinary performance all around! As a fellow basso and opera lover, I am in awe of the talent of Treigle. His death was a tragic loss for us all.
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