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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2016

Russian soprano Irina Lungu makes a suitably demure maiden Marguerite dressed mainly in a white dress although at other times in a coat adorned with flowers and jewels. Her demanding scene in act three which includes the celebrated Ah! je ris (Jewel Song) is competently done.

Ildar Abdrazakov is made for the role of Mephistopheles (Mephisto) displaying superb acting which generates evil intent at every opportunity. The Russian bass demonstrates an innate sense of authority and dark resonant tones which he projects powerfully and vividly.

In the minor roles Samantha Korbey as Marthe and Paolo Maria Orecchia playing Wagner give extremely capable performances.

Noseda conducts the Orchestra and Chorus Teatro Regio Torino with his usual committed approach and they respond with performances that are lucid, buoyant and expressive. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, July 2016

GOUNOD, C.-F.: Faust (Teatro Regio Torino, 2015) (NTSC) 735108
GOUNOD, C.-F.: Faust (Teatro Regio Torino, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 735204

Gianandrea Noseda, the Teatro Regio’s dynamic music director, leads a taut performance, drawing fine playing from his orchestra. The cast is mostly very good. There’s a lovely burnished quality to Castronovo’s Faust and he sings a fine ‘Salut, demeure chaste et pure’, despite a slightly ungainly ending. Abdrazakov’s Méphisto is suave, with plenty of panache in ‘Le veau d’or’, …Russian soprano Irina Lungu is an affecting Marguerite; her pleasant lyric soprano negotiates the Jewel Song cleanly and her Act 3 duet with Castronovo is tenderly sung. …Samantha Korbey’s Marthe—presented as a youthful vamp—and Ketevan Kemoklidze’s sparky Siébel are bonuses. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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