The overture to Rienzi (1842) is well enough known, and the Faust Overture (1840, rev. 1855) has its advocates… Rahbari’s performances are okay.
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Paul Driver , June 2004
The Faust overture, remnant of a Faust Symphony project, begins to glimmer with possibility. But the masterful power of the Rienzi overture is apparent from the extraordinary first note, that solitary trumpet A."