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Busoni: Doktor Faust / Wolfgang Koch, Catherine Naglestad, John Daszak. Tomas Netopil (live 2008)

Album Summary

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Doktor Faust, opera in 8 scenes (unfinished), KiV 303
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

OehmsClassics now releases the recording of this controversial production of Doktor Faust by Nicolas Brieger made in 2008 just in time for the Munich Opera Festival. The title role is sung by Wolfang Koch, who will sing Wotan this year at Bayreuth in the Jubilee Ring Cycle. The singer can be assured of an appropriate portion of attention, and the new CD could hardly appear at a more favorable time.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The music, often quite beautiful, especially for the orchestra, is also varied. It requires a large cast and makes great demands on the singers. The role of Mephistopheles, a tenor, has a very high tessitura. Faust, a baritone, also often has high passages. The only important female role, the Duchess of Parma, has a demanding aria as well. The cast of this recording is generally good. In the title role, Wolfgang Koch confirms the good impression I've had of him from other recordings. He has a powerful, expressive baritone, which he uses to color his tone to fit every shade of meaning. Catherine Naglestad reveals a gleaming soprano as the Duchess. Tenor John Daszak copes valiantly with Mephistopheles's grueling tessitura. He sings it about as well as anyone can. The orchestral and choral work is excellent.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
[Koch] anticipates his recent summer festival triumphs in big Wagner and Strauss with a rich-toned, always text-conscious and intelligent reading of the title-role, John Daszak has both the power and the wackiness for Mephistopheles...and Catherine Naglestad is a seductive Duchess of Parma.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2014
This 'live' 2008 Bavarian State Opera performance is strongly cast. Koch gives a compelling account of the title role, and Catherine Nagtelstad as the Duchess of Parma is notably superior to her counterpart on the Nagano recording. Alas, the stage noises are at times terribly intrusive.

Opera Now
Netopil's conducting goes hell-for-leather at the score...The choral writing is extraordinary in its series of effects and the Staatsoper Chorus is on superb form - perhaps the jewel of this set. Wolfgang Koch is an excellent Doktor Faust, his baritone true and rich, and he lasts the course unscathed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bayerische Staatsoper, München (06/28/2008).


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>Busoni, Ferruccio : Doktor Faust, opera in 8 scenes (unfinished), KiV 303
  • Performers: Steven Humes (Bass); Rüdiger Trebes (Voice); John Daszak (Tenor); Alfred Kuhn (Bass); Christian Rieger (Harpsichord); Ulrich Ress (Tenor); Elmar Schloter (Organ); Adrian Sâmpetrean (Voice); Stephanie Hampl (Voice); Wolfgang Koch (Baritone); Raymond Very (Voice); Catherine Naglestad (Soprano); Ingolf Kumbrink (Voice); Werner Bind (Voice); Marcel Gorg (Voice); Klaus Basten (Voice); Kenneth Roberson (Voice); Jochen Schafer (Voice); Jason Smith (Voice); Elif Aytekin (Voice); Laura Rey (Voice)
  • Conductor: Tomás Netopil
  • Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 09/1916-05/1923.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 09/1916-05/1923