Gounod: Faust (3-CD) – Kiri Te Kanawa

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Gounod: Faust (3-CD) – Kiri Te Kanawa

Composer: Charles Gounod
Artists: Kiri Te Kanawa, Francisco Araiza, Evgeny Nesterenko, Pamela Coburn, Marjana Lipovsek, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Colin Davis
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Decca
CD Release Date: September 11, 2012

“This is the most satisfying performance of Gounod’s favorite opera yet to appear. Davis has generated just the sense of a live and lively performance seldom found on the rival recordings. He obviously cherishes the work, lavishes immense care on Gounod’s felicitous scoring and persuades his Bavarian forces to lift the rhythms in a really Beechamesque manner.” (Gramophone)

 

History

Charles Gounod’s Faust

A sumptuously Romantic adaptation of one of the most enduring myths in Western culture, Faust had its premiere in Paris in 1859. The story of the aging scientist who sells his soul to the devil in return for knowledge and youth has inspired countless versions in many genres, most famously Goethe’s towering drama. Faust opened the first Metropolitan Opera House on Broadway and 39th Street in October 1883 and for many years remained the company’s most frequently performed opera. Des McAnuff’s 2011 production updates the action to the first half of the 20th century, with Faust as a nuclear scientist at the end of World War II who revisits the ill-fated decisions of his youth.

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