, April 2012
Thielemann Conducts Faust - WAGNER, R.: A Faust Overture / LISZT, F.: A Faust Symphony (NTSC) 707708
Thielemann Conducts Faust - WAGNER, R.: A Faust Overture / LISZT, F.: A Faust Symphony (Blu-ray, HD) 707804
Liszt’s birth with a performance of what is surely his finest orchestral work, A Faust Symphony…Much of the playing is superb…Thielemann’s principal virtues are purity, energy and the ability to hold together what can prove an unwieldy structure.
Wagner’s thrilling Faust Overture…is played with warmth and vigour. Indeed, one of the principal virtues of this production is the warmth of the Semperoper acoustic and a recording that is fully on a par with the finest SACDs. Camerawork is mostly expert and unobtrusive (first-rate picture quality) and Thielemann is good to watch, his beat always clear, his gestures impassioned and precise. The various orchestra sections are well represented…this is without doubt a useful supplement… © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone