Opera - Faust

 CHARLES-FRANCOIS GOUNOD (1818-1893)
   
 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