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Liszt: Faust-Symphony / Bernstein, Riegel, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein , Boston Symphony Orch. Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S.108 - 1. FaustBoston Symphony Orchestra29:40Album Only
listen  2. Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S.108 - 2. GretchenBoston Symphony Orchestra23:01Album Only
listen  3. Liszt: A Faust Symphony, S.108 - 3. Mephistopheles And Final ChorusKenneth Riegel24:19Album Only

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  • Audio CD (August 13, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GQZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 13-AUG-1996

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic April 25, 2000
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I assume since Bernstein made two commercial recordings of this work that it held some special meaning for him. This later version benefits from slightly better sound quality and a more mature interpretation, even though his earlier account with the New York Philharmonic on Sony is also very good. There is some really involving music here, probably some of the best Liszt ever wrote and Bernstein and the BSO take every opportunity to reveal the detail in the score. The sound from Symphony Hall in Boston is very satisfying and this version has been improved by the remastering of the original source tapes to be reissued by DG. It is certainly one of the finest recorded versions of this work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Faust May 9, 2005
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This must qualify amongst the better recordings avaliable of any orchestral work by Liszt. Bernstein gives an exhuberant, powerful performance, extracting from his Boston players matching prowess. The recording quality serves the approach well, taking full advantage of the superior accoustics of the venue (Symphony Hall, Boston) in a very realistic perspective; you'll hear the BSO grimace, explode in anger, whisper lyrically and change abruptly from one mood to another, in a recording with a very wide recording range that serves this score of extremes very fittingly. Bernstein excelled in this kind of repertoire, he was especially gifted to conduct these romantinc works that explored the full range of emotional writing as well as that of the orchestral capabilities of the day. Liszt's harmonical experimenting and programmatical proposals played a key role in what came after him (Wagner, Mahler) and Bernstein always approached his works with that special quality in mind. So, if you agree with this attitude, you'll like this Faust Symphony, excellently remastered by DG for their "Originals" series.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dramatic triumph December 3, 2006
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Liszt's "Faust" Symphony is his greatest symphonic masterpiece. It is too little known for a work which is one of the high points of the romantic genre. It was a great revelation when I first heard it, and continuing familiarity has only increased my respect. The symphony ranges from heartrending lyrical beauty to spine-tingling dramatic force. The theme which binds all three movements is a powerful and simple motif focussed on the motivating force of human will. The choral section which comprises the finale sets an excerpt from Goethe's Faust - and it is fascinating to compare the way Liszt has treated the words set later by Mahler in his 8th Symphony. In this recording Bernstein gives his all, winning a fully committed performance from the Boston Symphony. Every classical music collection should have this wholly satisfying work - a dramatic triumph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and compelling March 5, 2012
By dthomas
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I find Bernstein's reading quite engaging. Liszt's two symphonies (the other being the Dante Sym) are not what I consider top drawer but this recording draws me in. I used to own Chailly's recording which I think falls totally flat and the James Conlon version which was mildly interesting. So I thought this piece had nothing really to offer but I am now convinced otherwise. Worth the price!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The right spirit, down to the last note May 17, 2010
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My history in relation to this work is one of searching and hoping for a totally convincing performance - one that makes all the ups and downs of inspiration irrelevant and treats the work as a work of art, no matter how uneven. I think I must have had, at one time or another, every recording made in the last 60 years. Eventually I settled down with Bernstein/New York Phil as closest to "my view", although it was as erratic and uneven as the work itself. The Solti arrived on the scene and blotted it out.Liszt: A Faust Symphony; Dante Symphony; Les Préludes; Prometheus Solti is not all that idiomatic, but a magnificently crafted performance and splendidly recorded. When this second Bernstein reading was relesased, I ignored it. I could not imagine anyone doing a better job than Solti.
But a few weeks ago at last I yielded to temptation. It seemed to me that Bernstein "should" be the right man for Liszt; that at least temperamentally he should have a greater affinity for Liszt than Solti.
So I took the risk, and for once it was amply rewarded.
As far as sheer conducting skill is concerned, he still has to hand it to Solti. But his vision of the work differs very markedly. Bernstein has an uncanny feeling for the value of every note in this work. He slows down and accelerates in a way that makes you understand, suddenly and unsuspectingly, that unevenness, even the drying out of inspiration in some passages, and the laborious padding between the large gestures, carry meaning. It is quite incredible: Bernstein manages to turn those laboured episodes into meaningful passages in a way that you, as a listener, engage with the composer on a search for the right inspiration!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just OK February 1, 2013
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I own the Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Solti version of the Faust Symphony and I am a great fan of Bernstein so I thought it would be interesting to compare. For once Bernstein came off a distinct second. The Solti version is warmer and far more expressive.
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