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Berlioz:La Damnation De Faust

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  • Audio CD (12 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B00005B1CR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,223 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If Colin Davis's main achievement in this series of live recordings--now including Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust--is to draw out a lyricism in keeping with the composer's original intentions, then he has done his job very well indeed. This particular piece is one which lends itself to a long-term appreciation, as it is not the most uplifting subject matter. However, the orchestra is both beautiful in accompaniment and vibrant in thematic moments, and provides a wonderful partner to the talents of the singers. Sabbatini's Faust is rich in tone, and he interestingly adds a certain despair to his voice as the piece progresses. Pertusi, in his role as Mephistopheles, is brilliantly malevolent; this contrasts with the porcelain mezzo of Shkosa. In particular there are some real highlights, most notably the "Dance of the Sylphs" and Faust's aria, but it is primarily the high standard of orchestral playing which stands out, cementing the LSO's reputation. The only drawback to an otherwise very worthwhile recording is the choir, which at times sounds tired and strained. But in reality, this is only a minor blemish to yet another intelligent live performance. --Dominic Sewell


'outshines any rival in a strongly competitive field' -- Pengiun Guide to Compact Discs

'triumphant' -- The Guardian, May 11, 2001

EDITOR'S CHOICE -- Gramophone Magazine, July, 2001

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