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Berlioz - La damnation de Faust

Charles Dutoit conducts the Netherland Radio Philharmonic in Berlioz's La damnation de Faust - inspired by the composer's reading of Goethe's Faust.

Opera Matinee this week features a work which defies categorization: part opera and part oratorio, it was inspired by the composer's reading of a translation of Goethe's Faust. As Berlioz recalled in his memoirs: "This marvellous book fascinated me from the first...I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, at meals, in the theatre, in the street."

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust

Doctor Faust ..... Gregory Kunde, tenor
Mephistopheles ..... Sir Willard White, bass-baritone
Marguerite ..... Ruxandra Donose, mezzo-soprano
Brander ..... Henk van Heijnsbergern, bass

Netherlands Radio Chorus
Netherlands National Children's Chorus
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    La Damnation de Faust - dramatic legend in 4 parts Op.24 for soloists, chorus and orchestr

    Conductor: Charles DUTOIT Performer: Celso ANTUNES - Concert Master Performer: Gregory KUNDE - Tenor Performer: Henk van HEIJSNBERGERN - Bass Performer: Ruxandra DONOSE - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Willard WHITE - Bass Performer: Netherlands Radio Chorus Performer: Netherlands Youth Choir

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