Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust

John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal, Alexandre Duhamel, Verónica Silva, Coro Gulbenkian, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg

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Tracklist

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Le vieil hiver a fait place au printemps" (Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    5:43

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Les bergers laissent leurs troupeaux" (Chorus, Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    3:32

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Mais d'un éclat guerrier" (Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    0:57

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: Marche hongroise

    John Nelson

    4:53

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: "Sans regrets j'ai quitté les riantes campagnes" (Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    4:58

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Christ vient de ressusciter !" (Chorus, Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    5:46

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Hélas ! doux chants du ciel" (Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    1:31

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Ô pure émotion !" (Méphistophélès, Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    2:25

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "À boire encor ! ... Oh ! qu'il fait bon" (Chorus, Méphistophélès, Brander)

    John Nelson, Alexandre Duhamel, Nicolas Courjal

    2:55

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Certain rat, dans une cuisine" (Brander, Chorus, Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Alexandre Duhamel, Nicolas Courjal

    2:20

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Amen" (Brander, Chorus)

    John Nelson, Alexandre Duhamel

    1:27

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Vrai Dieu, messieurs" (Méphistophélès, Chorus)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    1:16

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Une puce gentille" (Méphistophélès, Chorus)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    1:37

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Assez ! fuyons ces lieux" (Faust, Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    2:16

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 1: "Voici des roses" (Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    2:28

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: "Dors, dors, heureux Faust" (Chorus, Méphistophélès, Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    6:10

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: Ballet des sylphes

    John Nelson

    2:10

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: "Margarita !" (Faust, Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    1:17

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: "Villes entourées" (Chorus)

    John Nelson

    1:27

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: "Jam nox stellata velamina pandit" (Chorus)

    John Nelson

    1:06

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 2: "Villes entourées ... Jam nox stellata" (Chorus, Faust, Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    2:23

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: Tambours et trompettes sonnant la retraite

    John Nelson, Alexandre Duhamel, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    1:07

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Merci, doux crépuscule !" (Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    5:25

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Je l'entends !" (Méphistophélès, Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    1:02

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Que l'air est étouffant !" (Marguerite)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato

    2:55

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Autrefois un roi de Thulé" (Marguerite)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato

    4:57

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Esprits des flammes inconstantes" (Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    2:03

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: Menuet des follets

    John Nelson

    5:58

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Maintenant, chantons à cette belle" (Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    0:25

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Devant la maison" (Méphistophélès, Chorus)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    2:09

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Grand Dieu !" (Marguerite)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato

    0:45

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Ange adoré" (Faust, Marguerite)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres

    5:09

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Allons, il est trop tard !" (Méphistophélès, Marguerite, Faust, Chorus)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    2:48

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 3: "Je connais donc enfin" (Faust, Méphistophélès, Marguerite, Chorus)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    2:16

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "D'amour l'ardente flamme" (Marguerite)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato

    8:01

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "Au son des trompettes" (Chorus, Marguerite)

    John Nelson, Joyce DiDonato

    2:08

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "Nature immense" (Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres

    3:57

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "À la voûte azurée" (Méphistophélès, Faust)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    3:27

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "Dans mon cœur retentit sa voix désespérée" (Faust, Chorus, Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Michael Spyres, Nicolas Courjal

    3:47

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "Ha ! Irimiru Karabrao !" (Chorus, Méphistophélès)

    John Nelson, Nicolas Courjal

    1:55

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Pt. 4: "Tradioun Marexil fir trudinxé burrudixé !" (Chorus)

    John Nelson

    2:14

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Epilogue: "Alors l'enfer se tut" (Chorus)

    John Nelson

    1:19

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Epilogue: "Laus ! Laus ! Hosanna ! Hosanna !" (Chorus, Une voix)

    John Nelson, Verónica Silva

    1:09

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Epilogue: "Remonte au ciel, âme naïve" (Chorus)

    John Nelson

    1:03

  • Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H. 111, Epilogue: "Viens, les vierges divines" (Chorus, Une voix)

    John Nelson, Verónica Silva

    2:22

  • Total playing time

    2:07:20

Album review

“Occasionally presented as a fully-staged production but most often heard in concert without scenery or costumes, Hector Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust has led a dual existence as an opera and an oratorio, either way curiously fitting the composer's unusual description of the work as a légende dramatique. Conductor and Berlioz specialist John Nelson presents this Erato box set as a follow-up to his 2019 release of the Requiem (Grande Messe des morts) and his 2017 recording of the monumental Les Troyens, recorded in the Salle Érasme, Strasbourg, where La Damnation de Faust was recorded in April 2019, with many of the same artists participating. Joyce DiDonato as Marguerite, Michael Spyres as Faust, and Nicolas Courjal as Méphistophélès will be familiar to listeners of Les Troyens, and the passion and energy they brought to that recording are vital to this performance. While there are certainly intensely dramatic episodes here, not least the hair-raising Pandaemonium scene, the most memorable aspect of the work is its glowing lyricism, with its ecstatic melodies and sumptuous orchestration giving the impression of a lyrical drama, despite the turmoil of Faust's soul and the machinations of Méphistophélès. One advantage of this concert recording is the forward-facing singing, which is ideal for capturing the vocals, which could have been muffled by the singers' movements in a stage performance. The recording is crystal clear and well-balanced between the voices and the orchestra, and the sound is essentially unblemished by extraneous noises. As a bonus feature, a DVD of the performance is included.”

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    Released

    2019

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