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Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 / Boston SO; Seiji Ozawa

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Seiji Ozawa was just at the start of his nearly thirty-year tenure as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973 when Deutsche Grammophon captured the young conductor's realization of Hector Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, op. 24, in multi-channel sound. New developments in audio playback technology (specifically the multi-channel SACD) since then now allow for hearing this fascinating and timeless work as all involved in its recording conceived it to be heard thanks to Pentatone's labor of love in re-mastering and re-releasing this recording to market.

MusicWeb International, 27th March 2015
This is quite the most exciting Faust I have heard on record, putting even Solti at least a touch in the shade.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Both performances are from 1973, Ozawa's first year as Music Director of the BSO. The orchestra was a fine group in 1973. It still had the beautifully refined, golden string sound of that great "French BSO", and that's how they sound here. The winds are full of character, and the percussion sounds great. The brass sounds tight and precise. It is perfect for Berlioz. If there was an early honeymoon between Ozawa and the orchestra, these performances are an example of it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Boston Symphony Hall, USA (10/1973).


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>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
  • Performer: Stuart Burrows (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846