12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
, 23 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Berlioz:La Damnation De Faust (Audio CD)
I'll get the cavills out of the way first.
A rather dry acoustic (the Barbican) and a choir that, perhaps unsurprisingly, begin to sound a little tired towards the end. I find Sabbatini a little over-strenuous and melodramatic (but then this is a melodrama).
However, the balance is firmly tipped in favour of this issue by Sir Colin Davis' absolutely faultless pacing. He leads an electrifying LSO that is precise and punchy in the dramatic music and full of beautiful touches in the many chamber-like quieter passages. The cast are universally fine and the LSO chorus sing their socks off (with the above reservations). The price is unbelievable. £8.99 for a superb performance of one of Berlioz' most original and engaging works, you would be mad not to buy it!
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