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Berlioz: Damnation de Faust
Hector Berlioz, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Berlioz: Damnation de Faust
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Hector Berlioz, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Hans Hotter, Alois Pernerstorfer, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Frans Vroons
Title: Berlioz: Damnation de Faust
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Label: Archipel
Original Release Date: 1/1/1950
Re-Release Date: 9/19/2000
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 675754273521, 7640104000082

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Berlioz in German
Queen Margo | Arlington | 05/06/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Furtwangler is a great conductor and he does justice to Berlioz. Schwarzkopf is her usual perfect self and she is in good company. Unfortunately, the sound quality is typical of a live recording of the era and makes Hans Hotter's(Mefistofele) voice unpleasant.
Interestingly, the German language is not as distracting as one might expect.
I would recommend this recording only to Furtwangler and Schwarzkopf fans and serious historic opera collectors."
Furtwangler is white hot, but the sound is wretched
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 09/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The other reviewer makes the basic points that this post-war German-language boradcast from the Lucerne Festival is sonically primitive and that the performance itself deserves better. But I'd like to udnerline that Furtwangler's Damnation of Faust has stayed around in various reisues on private labels because he is in exceptional form, white hot, in fact. This was a time when Berlioz went largely ignored outside France except for a few works like the Symphonie fantastique and Harold in Italy. To my knowledge, there are no recorded documents of Furtwangler doing either of those works, so this Faust is a tantalizing sample of how great he would have been. All the soloists are outstanding, but the chorus is clunky in the extreme. Since the proceedings were caught in such dim sonics, this release is of interests mainly to collectors and completists."