Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S108

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Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S108

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Naxos

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8553304
(8.553304)

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1

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0730099430425

Length:

73 minutes

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Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S108


Andras Molnar (tenor)

Franz Liszt Academy of Music Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Chorus, Andras Ligeti

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Franz Liszt: Eine Faust-Symphonie in drei Charakterbildern, S108/R425

Faust

Gretchen

Mephistopheles

Final Chorus

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“There's a lot right with this performance, not least being its outspoken acknowledgement of Faust's stormy character. Liszt's first-movement portrait receives zestful advocacy, less polished than some, perhaps, but fired by immense gusto.
The recording, too, is endowed with plenty of body, while András Ligeti's vocal promptings vie with Toscanini's in La bohème! Gretchen is quite comely and Ligeti effectively traces both her darker moods and those passages associated with Faust's yearning. Mephistopheles is more angry than 'ironico' and if you want confirmation of Ligeti's Lisztian mettle, then try from 5'49" through the following minute or so: it's quite thrilling. True, woodwind pointing isn't as vivid as under, say, Leonard Bernstein, but there's certainly no lack of enthusiasm. The Orchestra of the Franz Liszt Academy gives its all and the Hungarian State Choir makes noble music of the final chorus, even though András Molnár's wobbly tenor proves to be something of a distraction. It's a compelling if flawed production, less carefully prepared than its best rivals but more spontaneous than most.”

Gramophone Magazine

“Buy it and you'll encounter worthy reportage of a great score.”

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