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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, 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, December 2011

Christian Thielemann delivers a dramatic and impassioned performance of A Faust Symphony that goes beyond the ordinary through a pairing with Wagner’s A Faust Overture… Tenor Endrik Wottrich does a fine job with the vocal solos in the Liszt, and the Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden gives the sort of intense and idiomatic performance that it seems to deliver all the time. Staatskapelle Dresden plays with brilliance and sensitivity, with the result that even the Wagner overture—which is not generally reckoned among his most effective works—comes through with striking power. This is a very impressive DVD… © 2011 Read complete review

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