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Concertgebouworkest, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Schumann > Szenen Aus Goethes Faust FLAC album


Performer: Concertgebouworkest
Genre: Classical music
Title: Schumann > Szenen Aus Goethes Faust
Released: 2009
Style: Classical
FLAC version ZIP size: 1636 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1488 mb
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Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Schumann’s Faust-Szenen. When I think of Schumann, I picture him at the cafe in Dresden where he would meet Wagner and Mendelssohn every week. They were about the same age, and all three were from Saxony. Luckily for Wagner’s reputation, both the others died young; had they lived longer, simultaneously with Wagner, music history would have been very different indeed. I consider Schumann the greatest genius of the three – Wagner’s genius was not primarily musical, but theatrical. Except for Genoveva, Schumann wrote no operas

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose recordings with the Wiener Philharmoniker made that suave orchestra sound like a provincial band, here makes the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, surely one of the great orchestras of Europe, sound weak and nondescript. Harnoncourt's interpretation fails to redeem his technical shortcomings. His is a by-the-numbers Faust, that is, it moves from number to number, from orchestral introduction to aria to chorus to orchestral coda, without the numbers adding up to more than the sum of their parts.

Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes Faust. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose recordings with the Wiener Philharmoniker made that suave orchestra sound like a provincial band, here makes the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, surely one of the great orchestras of Europe, sound weak and nondescript.

In April 2008 Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra executed a series of performances of Schumann's rarely heard masterpiece Szenen aus Goethes Faust.

Harnoncourt is clearly at ease with the stylistic tensions of the piece, the first two parts (portraits of Gretchen and Faust) composed in 1844 in Leipzig and owing much to Mendelssohn, the concluding section, setting Goethe’s mystical finale, following five years later in Wagner-dominated Dresden. Adroitly blending discourse and drama, Harnoncourt marshals superbly characterised playing from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to frame no less striking contributions from his singers.

Scenes from Goethe's Faust (Szenen aus Goethes Faust) has been described as the height of composer Robert Schumann's accomplishments in the realm of dramatic music. The work was written between 1844 and 1853 and is scored for SATB chorus, boys' chorus, orchestra, and a number of solo parts which, even with doubling, require seven solo singers, although eight (three sopranos, two mezzos, one tenor, one baritone, and one bass) is the usual number for a performance

Harnoncourt is a devotee of it, and even if he doesn't have as starry soloists as Abbado's Bryn Terfel and Karita Mattila (Sony, 1994), Christian Gerhaher is a Faust in the Fischer-Dieskau mould, his relish of the poetry more idiomatic than Terfel's, Christiane Iven is a lovely Gretchen, and Alastair Miles makes the most of Mephisto's brief appearances. RCO Live 09001 (two discs).

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In April 2008, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the baton of honourary guest conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt executed a series of performances of Schumann’s rarely heard masterpiece Szenen aus Goethes Faust.

Tracklist

CD 1
1 Ouverture 8:17
Erste Abteilung
2 Nr. 1, Szene Im Garten: Du Kanntest Mich, O Kleiner Engel, Wieder 5:07
3 Nr. 2, Gretchen Vor Dem Bild Der Mater Dolorosa: Ach Neige, Du Schmerzenreiche 4:40
4 Nr. 3, Szene Im Dom: Wie Anders, Gretchen, War Dir's 7:15
Zweite Abteiling
Nr. 4 Ariel. Sonnenaufgang
5 Die Ihr Dies Haupt Umschwebt Im Luft'gen Kreise 7:26
6 Täler grünen, Hügel Schwellen 4:03
7 Des Lebens Pulse Schlagen Frisch-Lebendig 4:08
8 So Ist Es Also, Wenn Ein Sehnend Hoffen 4:11
Nr. 5 Mitternacht
9 Ich Heiße Der Mangel 2:12
10 Vier Sah Ich Kommen, Drei Nur Gehn 8:59
11 Die Nacht Scheint Tiefer Tief Hereinzudringen 2:32
Nr. 6 Fausts Tod
12 Herbei! Herbei! Herein! Herein! 13:57
CD 2
Dritte Abteilung
Nr. 7 Fausts Verklärung
1 I Waldung, Sie Schwankt Heran 3:35
2 II Ewiger Wonnebrand 1:45
3-4 III Wie Felsenabgrund Mir Zu Füßen 6:13
5-6 IV Gerettet Ist Das Edle Glied 10:30
7 V Hier Ist Die Aussicht Frei 5:02
8 VI Dir, Der Unberührbaren 9:01
9 VII Alles Vergängliche Ist Nur Ein Gleichnis 9:25

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Credits

  • Alto Vocals – Birgit Remmert, Elisabeth Von Magnus
  • Baritone Vocals – Christian Gerhaher
  • Bass Vocals – Alastair Miles, Franz-Josef Selig
  • Conductor – Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Mezzo-soprano Vocals – Christiane Iven
  • Orchestra – Concertgebouworkest
  • Soprano Vocals – Mojca Erdmann
  • Tenor Vocals – Werner Güra (tracks: 2-3)

Notes

Netherlands Radio Choir, chorus master Simon Halsey, assistant chorus master Gijs Leenaars
Netherlands Children's Choir, artistic director Wilma ten Wolde

Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 18, 20, 21, 23 and 24 April 2008

Total time: CD1 72' 56" - CD2 45' 34"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 14237
  • Barcode: 5425008376581
  • Barcode: 5425008376851