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Liszt: A Faust Symphony / Bernstein/Boston SO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Kenneth Riegel [DVD]

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Faust Symphony, S 108
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Some consider this symphony to be Liszt's masterpiece. It surely contains one of the most colorful families of leitmotifs in the orchestral repertoire. In fact, each character in Goethe's play is so vividly depicted that you might not be remiss in calling it an opera without words. Leonard Bernstein gives an exhuberant, powerful performance, extracting from his Boston Symphony players matching prowess. Bernstein excelled in this kind of repertoire, he was especially gifted to conduct these romantic works that explored the full range of emotional writing as well as that of the orchestral capabilities. The CD-Recording with Leonard Bernstein and the Boston Symphony won the Grand Prix du Disque of 1978. "Franz Liszt's Faust Symphony is one of the most significant yet (in our time) least appreciated orchestral works of the nineteenth century. [] the quasi-autobiographical Faust Symphony is Liszt's largest and greatest symphonic utterance, and a tour de force of nineteenth-century harmonic practice " (Opera News)

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 83 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): DD 5.1 Surround, LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Country of Origin: USA


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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Faust Symphony, S 108
  • Performer: Kenneth Riegel (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 83 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1854-1857
  • Studio/Live: Live