Mephistopheles and Other Bad Guys


Release Date: 03-08-2018
PTC: 5186585
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Charles Gounod: Faust

1) Méphistophélès’s Rondo: "Le veau d'or" 2:17
2) Méphistophélès’s Serenade: "Vous qui faites l'endormie" 3:10

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele

3) Mefistofele’s Song of the Whistle: “Son lo Spirito che nega” 3:53
4) Mefistofele’s Ballad of the World: “Ecco il mondo” 2:43

Ludwig van Beethoven

5) (orch. Dimitri Shostakovich) "Es war einmal ein König" Op.75,3 (Song of the Flea from Goethe’s “Faust”) 2:13
6) Fidelio: Pizarro’s Aria: ”Ha! Welch ein Augenblick” 3:27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

7) Osmin’s Song: “Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden” 2:19
8) Osmin’s Aria: “O, wie will ich triumphieren” 3:44

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz

9) Kaspar’s Aria: “Schweig, schweig, damit dich niemand warnt” 3:17

Jacques Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann

10) Lindorff’s Couplets: ”Dans les rôles d’amoureux langoureux” 2:41
11) Dappertutto’s Aria: “Scintille, diamant” 2:40

Giuseppe Verdi: I Lombardi

12) Pagano’s Aria: “Sciagurata! Hai tu creduto” 5:02

Hector Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust

13) Méphistophélès’s Aria: “Voici des roses” 2:37
14) Méphistophélès’s Serenade: “Devant la maison” 2:21

Modest Musorgsky

16) (orch. Igor Stravinsky) Song of Mephistopheles in Auerbach’s Cellar from Goethe’s “Faust”: Pesnya o blokhe (Song of the flea) 3:09

Igor Stravinsky

17) The Rake's Progress: Shadow’s Aria: “I burn! I freeze!” 1:49

Giacomo Meyerbeer

18) Robert le diable: Bertram’s Recitative and Evocation: “Voici donc les débris- Nonnes , qui reposez” 3:08

Richard Wagner

19) Das Rheingold (Der Ring des Nibelungen): Alberich’s Aria: “Bin ich nun frei?” 3:31
Total Tracks 19
Total Duration 00hr 57min

Album information


In opera, specific voice types are often associated with certain types of characters. Numerous and diverse associations exist also for the bass voice, who can be a father, a villain, an elderly man, a religious figure, a comic character—or, indeed, a combination of the above. One recurring association for this voice type, however, deserves particular attention: that with evil, wicked, even diabolical characters. It is on that immensely fascinating association that this collection of arias is focused. The nineteen selections – composed by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, Meyerbeer, Berlioz, Gounod, Offenbach, Verdi, Boito, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky and Getty – take us on a journey through a period spanning some two hundred years, exploring how composers working in diverse national and institutional contexts and writing in an array of styles and genres exploited the bass voice to engage with the depiction of such characters.

This colourful repertoire is sung by the esteemed American bass-baritone Kevin Short, whose powerful voice is as sensuous as it is sinister. Short is accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, led by its Music Director Lawrence Foster. Earlier this year, this orchestra and conductor were hailed for their PENTATONE releases of Martinů Double Concertos and A Certain Slant of Light.