Gounod: Faust (1864 Version) (sung In French)
Label: Naxos Opera
Format: COMPACT DISC
Rijeka Opera Symphony Orchestra; Farasin, Aljaž; Haller, Diana; Gallo, Lucio; Tepponen, Marjukka; Matvejeff, Ville; Rijeka Opera Choir; Colombara, Carlo; Srbljan, Ivana; Torikka, Waltteri
The international success of Faust after its premiere in 1859 completely overshadowed all of Gounod’s subsequent operas. He had known Goethe’s masterpiece for two decades and brought to the text his gifts for memorable melody and rich orchestration. Added to this, the plot of Faust’s ageing and the heroine Marguerite’s redemption, offered the opportunity for the most spectacular stage effects. Heard here in its 1864 London version with an additional air and without spoken dialogue or ballet, Faust represents 19th-century French opera at its peak.