About this Recording
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A Faust Symphony

Kenneth Riegel, tenor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein
, conductor
Recorded live at the Symphony Hall, Boston, 26 July 1976

Picture format: NTSC 4:3 fullscreen
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Subtitles: English, German, French
Running time: 83 mins
No. of DVDs: 1

  • 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)

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