REMASTERED CLASSICS Berlioz – La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

Composer(s):

Hector Berlioz
Release Date: 01-03-2015
PTC: 5186212
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La Damnation de Faust, Op.24
Légende dramatique en quatre parties

Première Partie
Scène 1

1) “Le vieil hiver a fait place au printemps” 5:35

Scène 2

2) “Les bergers laissent leurs troupeaux” 4:11

Deuxième Partie
Scène 4

4) “Sans regrets j’ai quitté les riantes campagnes” 4:01

Scène 5

6) “Ô pure émotion! Enfant du saint parvis!” 2:14

Scène 8. FINALE

14) “Villes entourées” - “Jam nox stellata velamina pandit” 4:35

CD2

15) Tambours et trompettes sonnant la retraite 1:08

Troisième Partie

Scène 9

Scène 10
“Je l’entends!”

Scène 13

Quatrième Partie
Scène 15

26) “Nature immense, impénétrable et fière” 4:02

Scène 17

Scène 18

29) “Has! Irimiru Karabrao! Has!”; Epilogue sur la Terre; “Alors, l´Enfer se tut” 5:01

Scène 19

30) “Laus! Hosanna!”; Apothéose de Marguerite; “Remonte au ciel, âme naïve” 4:53

Scène 20

Total Tracks 30
Total Duration 02hr 01min

Album information

The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.

Now – over a quarter of a century later – and thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserved back then. Digitally re-mastered on 2 SACDs, this PENTATONE release also features a complete libretto both in French and English.

The re-mastering and re-release on SACD bears witness to a perfect blend of the past and present, just as Hector Berlioz combined it in La damnation de Faust. He told the story in a fascinatingly modern manner  so modern, that we are able to translate for our ears the extreme paradoxes of drinking song and fugue, rides to hell and heavenly apotheosis, prayer and march, into colourful, dramatic images and let our imaginations run wild.

Recorded with a solid team of performers such as Edith Mathis (soprano), Stuart Burrows (tenor), Donald McIntyre(bass), Thomas Paul (bass), Judith Dickinson (solo in Dans le ciel), Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Boy Choir, together with Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa, this recording lets us relish in their prime performance of orchestral playing and singing.