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Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, July 2012

Though Wagner was first to decide to compose a symphony about Faust, he never got beyond his Faust Overture. When Liszt got started he got his finished and he followed Beethoven’s lead and here we have some good male chorus singing and a tenor soloist. That is ‘frosting’ the excellent musical cake here. This is fine music making, excellent performances and with recorded audio quality to match. Easily a solid recommendation…Typically fine video here… © 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

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

Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, December 2011

This is top class music-making by one of the world’s greatest orchestras and that is what shines through this entire enterprise. These players are quite different to those of Lucerne in that they do not come across as a group of soloists playing together so much as a coherent team playing as one. The silky smoothness of the strings is glorious to hear and the brass and wind sections manage to emulate that silkiness. One cannot imagine the works being better performed. © 2011 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, December 2011

Thielemann Conducts Faust is an illuminating example of the gold hidden in two rarely heard concert pieces…The solo instrumental work, the choral contribution, and, vocal contribution by tenor Endrik Wottrich are all outstanding. The Liszt symphony challenges all the forces and is carried off superbly. There is no BD competition but I think the bar has been raised to an awfully high level…I would put this disc near the top of new releases both for the unusual program and the success of its realization. © 2011 Read complete review

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