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

1859; Faust

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


Track 11 on CDA67424 [10'14]
Track 8 on CDA66371/2 CD1 [9'22] 2CDs
Track 8 on CDS44501/98 CD37 [9'22] 99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 14 on APR5621 [9'23] Download only
Extract: Abridged
Track 11 on APR7502 CD2 [4'11] Download only

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