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Track(s) taken from CDA66371/2

Valse de l'opéra Faust de Ch. Gounod, S407

1859; Faust

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: December 1989
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1990
Total duration: 9 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: Faust and Mephistopheles by Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)
Reproduced by permission of The Wallace Collection, London

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Stephen Hough (piano)


'Outstanding' (CDReview)

'Leslie Howard domine avec beaucoup de chic le barrage technique des difficultés pianistiques' (EcouterVoir, France)
Gounod’s Faust, despite its cavalier approach to Goethe, has held the boards from the beginning, but Liszt’s ingenious elaboration of the Waltz, into which he inserts material from the first encounter of Faust and Gretchen, goes a long way towards restoring the demonic spirit of the play, and especially of the dark purpose of Mephistopheles in the relationship of the lovers. Musically, Gounod is transformed and transcended at a stroke!

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1990

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