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Liszt: A Faust Symphony

12 Feb 1996 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1977 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:16:56
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  • ASIN: B001N2KH84
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,169 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Plaza Marcelino on 1 Oct 2006
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This must qualify amongst the better recordings available of any orchestral work by Liszt. Bernstein gives an exhuberant, powerful performance, extracting from his Boston players matching prowess. The recording quality serves the approach well, taking full advantage of the superior accoustics of the venue (Symphony Hall, Boston) in a very realistic perspective; you'll hear the BSO grimace, explode in anger, whisper lyrically and change abruptly from one mood to another, in a recording with a very wide recording range that serves this score of extremes very fittingly. Bernstein excelled in this kind of repertoire, he was especially gifted to conduct these romantinc works that explored the full range of emotional writing as well as that of the orchestral capabilities of the day. Liszt's harmonical experimenting and programmatical proposals played a key role in what came after him (Wagner, Mahler) and Bernstein always approached his works with that special quality in mind. So, if you agree with this attitude, you'll like this Faust Symphony, excellently remastered by DG for their "Originals" series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jan 2013
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Liszt is best known for his piano music and symphonic poems, but he also composed two symphonies - this one and a Dante symphony. The symphonies are perhaps even more accessible on first hearing than the symphonic poems because there are more recognizable melodies. The Faust symphony is in three movements that respectively represent Faust, Gretchen or Margarita and Mephistopheles. When Liszt composed the work in 1854 he was at the height of his powers as composer. It is an orchestral work throughout until the final section of the finale which is scored for choir and tenor solo - here the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Kenneth Riegel. The score carries the additional description: `In three character portraits (after Goethe)'. Several composers of the Romantic period composed ballets, operas, symphonies or, like Robert Schumann, scenes based on the Faust legend, usually as related by Goethe. Like his son-in-law, Richard Wagner, Liszt in this work uses the idea of musical motifs to represent characters or their emotions. This is a most enjoyable piece of Romantic music, well played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein on the DGG label. I would also give a 5* rating to the performance of the same work by L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ernest Ansermet on the Decca label.
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By Photo Pete on 14 Jan 2014
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My first recording of Liszt, and I am very impressed. The recording was recommended in 1000 classical recordings to hear before you die.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Juliet Wilkinson on 29 May 2013
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Maybe not one of Liszt's greatest works, but Bernstein gets plenty of colour and contrast out of the BSO in this lively performance.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Heroic 26 April 2000
By J. Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I assume since Bernstein made two commercial recordings of this work that it held some special meaning for him. This later version benefits from slightly better sound quality and a more mature interpretation, even though his earlier account with the New York Philharmonic on Sony is also very good. There is some really involving music here, probably some of the best Liszt ever wrote and Bernstein and the BSO take every opportunity to reveal the detail in the score. The sound from Symphony Hall in Boston is very satisfying and this version has been improved by the remastering of the original source tapes to be reissued by DG. It is certainly one of the finest recorded versions of this work.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Grand Faust 9 May 2005
By Plaza Marcelino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This must qualify amongst the better recordings avaliable of any orchestral work by Liszt. Bernstein gives an exhuberant, powerful performance, extracting from his Boston players matching prowess. The recording quality serves the approach well, taking full advantage of the superior accoustics of the venue (Symphony Hall, Boston) in a very realistic perspective; you'll hear the BSO grimace, explode in anger, whisper lyrically and change abruptly from one mood to another, in a recording with a very wide recording range that serves this score of extremes very fittingly. Bernstein excelled in this kind of repertoire, he was especially gifted to conduct these romantinc works that explored the full range of emotional writing as well as that of the orchestral capabilities of the day. Liszt's harmonical experimenting and programmatical proposals played a key role in what came after him (Wagner, Mahler) and Bernstein always approached his works with that special quality in mind. So, if you agree with this attitude, you'll like this Faust Symphony, excellently remastered by DG for their "Originals" series.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A dramatic triumph 3 Dec 2006
By Brian Walters - Published on Amazon.com
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Liszt's "Faust" Symphony is his greatest symphonic masterpiece. It is too little known for a work which is one of the high points of the romantic genre. It was a great revelation when I first heard it, and continuing familiarity has only increased my respect. The symphony ranges from heartrending lyrical beauty to spine-tingling dramatic force. The theme which binds all three movements is a powerful and simple motif focussed on the motivating force of human will. The choral section which comprises the finale sets an excerpt from Goethe's Faust - and it is fascinating to compare the way Liszt has treated the words set later by Mahler in his 8th Symphony. In this recording Bernstein gives his all, winning a fully committed performance from the Boston Symphony. Every classical music collection should have this wholly satisfying work - a dramatic triumph.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Exciting and compelling 6 Mar 2012
By dthomas - Published on Amazon.com
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I find Bernstein's reading quite engaging. Liszt's two symphonies (the other being the Dante Sym) are not what I consider top drawer but this recording draws me in. I used to own Chailly's recording which I think falls totally flat and the James Conlon version which was mildly interesting. So I thought this piece had nothing really to offer but I am now convinced otherwise. Worth the price!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The right spirit, down to the last note 18 May 2010
By Jurgen Lawrenz - Published on Amazon.com
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My history in relation to this work is one of searching and hoping for a totally convincing performance - one that makes all the ups and downs of inspiration irrelevant and treats the work as a work of art, no matter how uneven. I think I must have had, at one time or another, every recording made in the last 60 years. Eventually I settled down with Bernstein/New York Phil as closest to "my view", although it was as erratic and uneven as the work itself. The Solti arrived on the scene and blotted it out.Liszt: A Faust Symphony; Dante Symphony; Les Préludes; Prometheus Solti is not all that idiomatic, but a magnificently crafted performance and splendidly recorded. When this second Bernstein reading was relesased, I ignored it. I could not imagine anyone doing a better job than Solti.
But a few weeks ago at last I yielded to temptation. It seemed to me that Bernstein "should" be the right man for Liszt; that at least temperamentally he should have a greater affinity for Liszt than Solti.
So I took the risk, and for once it was amply rewarded.
As far as sheer conducting skill is concerned, he still has to hand it to Solti. But his vision of the work differs very markedly. Bernstein has an uncanny feeling for the value of every note in this work. He slows down and accelerates in a way that makes you understand, suddenly and unsuspectingly, that unevenness, even the drying out of inspiration in some passages, and the laborious padding between the large gestures, carry meaning. It is quite incredible: Bernstein manages to turn those laboured episodes into meaningful passages in a way that you, as a listener, engage with the composer on a search for the right inspiration! This is surely unprecedented. The boring episodes become exciting with anticipation, aspiration, hope, for them to become what they are not! And when they finally blaze out, their conviction and splendour is utterly convincing. Bernstein makes sense of the whole by enlivening the bits and pieces and setting them before you as a panorama, where not the peaks alone, but the troughs as well, as full of interest.
I hesitate to say: this is the version of the Faust Symphony you must own. But where Solti homogenises the work, so that you have the satisfaction of experiencing a musical performance that is honed down to the most perfect finish imaginable, Bernstein leaves all the fissures open, because he wants to explore them with you. This is not likely to be to everyone's taste.
Meanwhile the Boston symphony respond marvellously to their conductor, and DGG's sound is sumptuous and transparent.
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