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Opera - Faust

Gounod: Faust

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2002

Originally recorded in 2002

Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


David Parry


Garry Magee

baritone - Valentin

Alastair Miles

bass - Mephistopheles

Matthew Hargreaves

bass-baritone - Wagner

Sarah Walker

mezzo-soprano - Martha

Diana Montague

mezzo-soprano - Siébel

Mary Plazas

soprano - Marguerite

Paul Charles Clarke

tenor - Faust

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir



Venue:

Blackheath Halls, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Richard Smoker

(Assistant)

Record Label
Opera In English

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Opera in English

Total Time - 158:30
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Opera - Faust

 

CHARLES-FRANCOIS GOUNOD

(1818-1893)
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Faust (Abridged)

159:08  
  Opera in five acts  
  Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré  
  English translation by Christopher Cowell  
   
  Act I  
1 Introduction 7:03
   
  Scene 1  
2 'Nothing! In vain I have probed' 6:14
  Faust  
3 'Lazy little daughter open up your eyes' 2:55
  Chorus, Faust  
4 'Can your God help me to know the truth?' 1:21
  Faust  
   
  Scene 2  
5 'Here I am! You seem somewhat startled' 2:50
  Mephistopheles, Faust  
6 'So bring me the bliss of careless excesses' 6:45
  Faust, Mephistopheles  
   
  Act II  
  Scene 1  
7 'Beer or gin or wine or kvass' 4:55
  Chorus, Wagner  
   
  Scene 2  
8 'Oh, sacred medallion from the sister I love' 1:45
  Valentin, Wagner, Siébel, Chorus  
9 'Duty bids me leave this place' 3:50
  Valentin  
10 'Cheer up, my friends!' 1:24
  Wagner, Chorus, Mephistopheles  
   
  Scene 3  
11 'Pride of place to the golden calf!' 2:04
  Mephistopheles, Chorus  
12 'Your song deserves our thanks!' 2:47
  Chorus, Valentin, Wagner, Mephistopheles, Siébel  
13 'Though the fiends of hell may defy resistance' 2:32
  Siébel, Valentin, Wagner, Chorus  
   
  Scene 4  
14 'You haven't seen the last of me yet!' 1:33
  Mephistopheles, Faust  
   
  Scene 5  
15 'Just as when the whispering breezes . . .' 1:16
  Chorus, Mephistopheles, Faust, Siébel  
16 'May I presume to ask' 4:03
  Faust, Marguerite, Siébel, Mephistopheles, Chorus  
   
  Act III  
17 Entr'acte 1:28
   
  Scene 1  
18 'You must help me reveal the love I feel' 2:46
  Siébel  
   
  Scene 2  
19 'Are we there?' 1:15
  Faust, Mephistopheles, Siébel  
   
  Scene 3  
20 'Wait here for a while, Doctor Faust' 1:03
  Mephistopheles, Faust  
   
  Scene 4  
21 'What turbulent feelings possess me?' 6:44
  Faust  
   
  Scene 5  
22 'Be careful! Here she comes!' 0:43
  Mephistopheles, Faust  
   
  Scene 6  
23 'He would have held my hand if I'd only allowed him' 6:36
24 'A bouquet! It's from Siébel I'm sure' 5:22
  Marguerite  
   
  Scene 7  
25 'Bless my soul, I'm dreaming!' 0:47
  Martha, Marguerite  
   
  Scene 8  
26 'Dame Martha Schwerlein, I believe' 2:29
  Mephistopheles, Martha, Marguerite, Faust  
27 'Please take my arm, they won't mind!' 6:56
  Faust, Marguerite, Mephistopheles, Martha  
   
  Scene 10  
28 'And none too soon!' 1:52
  Mephistopheles  
   
  Scene 11  
29 'It's very late . . . Farewell!' 7:03
  Marguerite, Faust  
30 'Marguerite!' 4:39
  Faust, Marguerite  
   
  Scene 13  
31 'Look there! She's opening her window . . .' 4:03
  Mephistopheles, Marguerite, Faust  
   
  Act IV  
  Scene 1  
32 'They pass me in the street . . .' 6:32
  Marguerite, Chorus  
   
  Scene 2  
33 'Marguerite!' 'Siébel!' 1:36
34 'When happy days bring you gladness and laughter' 4:28
  Siébel, Marguerite  
   
  Scene 4  
35 'Come along my brothers' 3:00
  Chorus, Valentin, Siébel  
36 'We seek the soldier's immortal prize' 3:14
  Chorus  
   
  Scene 5  
37 'Come on, Siébel, I need a drink or two!' 2:10
  Valentin, Siébel, Mephistopheles, Faust  
   
  Scene 6  
38 'Is my love awake or sleeping' 2:51
  Mephistopheles  
   
  Scene 7  
39 'What can I do for you?' 4:07
  Valentin, Mephistopheles, Faust  
   
  Scene 8  
40 'Over here, come at once!' 1:49
  Martha, Chorus, Valentin, Marguerite, Siébel  
41 'Pay heed to my words, Marguerite!' 5:07
  Valentin, Chorus  
   
  Act V  
  Scene 4  
42 'Go back!' 2:14
  Faust, Mephistopheles  
   
  Scene 5  
43 'My heart quails at the thought of this meeting!' 2:24
  Faust  
44 'Ah! Do I hear my lover's voice?' 5:24
  Marguerite, Faust  
   
  Scene 6  
45 'Make haste now!' 6:31
  Mephistopheles, Marguerite, Faust, Chorus  
   
 Paul Charles Clarke tenor - Faust
 Alastair Miles bass - Mephistopheles
 Mary Plazas soprano - Marguerite
 Garry Magee baritone - Valentin
 Diana Montague mezzo-soprano - Siébel
 Matthew Hargreaves bass-baritone - Wagner
 Sarah Walker mezzo-soprano - Martha
 David Parry
  27-32 July 1998  


Gounod fell in love with Goethe’s Faust  and began to write what was to become his most popular score in 1849. Of course the original stage play had to be adapted: characters and incidents are eliminated or conflated to suit the slower pace of opera. Faust’s complex psychology is boiled down to a struggle between lust and pure love; Marguerite is simple innocence betrayed and eventually redeemed.

The opera was premiered in 1859 and was favourably received, although various alterations were subsequently made. Gounod’s mastery of orchestration and, in particular, his gift for lyricism are both reasons for Faust’s continuing popularity: these are particularly well demonstrated in Faust’s Cavatine and in Marguerite and Faust’s extended Garden Duet in Act III.

An old friend of Gounod’s, the Abbe Gay, commented after the 1859 premiere: ‘The world has got into him and has chased out Jesus Christ’. That is an apt comment on a composer who found it hard to reconcile his twin stars: the love of God and the love of sensuality, something reflected in all his compositions.
 

''an exquisite Marguerite from Mary Plazas, who, while singing in English, demonstrates a convincing sense of French style. It's an elegant and immaculate portrayal'
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