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Ernest Ansermet - Liszt: A Faust Symphony / Mephisto Waltz / Procession Nocturne
Ernest Ansermet - Liszt: A Faust Symphony / Mephisto Waltz / Procession Nocturne (Decca 442 9992)
SKU: 12683
AU $13.59

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 442 9992 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2
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Liszt's Eine Faust-Symphonie, based on the Faust legend, is an hour-long work for tenor, choir and orchestra, based on the Faust legend. The Suisse Romande Orchestra take to this complex score, one with which they could hardly have been familiar, with clear enthusiasm and imbue the performance with alertness and vivacity. The woodwind playing of the orchestra (not always enjoyed by critics) in the Gretchen movement is especially sensitive. Ansermet is direct, honest and conveys emotional intensity without resorting to sentimentality or the vulgarity to which conductors of this music are sometimes prone. The recording is vivid and full of presence.

So too for the pair of Scenes from Lenau's Faust - the familiar Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (this time with the alternative quiet ending) coupled with the beautifully atmospheric 'Nocturnal Procession'.

Magnard, sometimes described as the 'French Bruckner' was clearly part of a group of French composers influenced by the Austro-German school. Yet, his third symphony shows a Classical discipline and poise. This work was recorded by Ansermet very late in his career, at a time when musical byways were far less likely to be explored than today. For many years, it was virtually the only recording of any work by Magnard and it demonstrates how Ansermet's keen musical curiosity remained undimmed by his advancing years. The Suisse Romande perform the work with poise and clarity.

A Decca Eloquence 2-CD set in the Decca Ansermet Legacy series.

Artists: Werner Krenn (tenor), Choeur Pro Arte de Lausanne.
Composers: Liszt, Magnard.
Conductors: Ernest Ansermet.
Orchestras: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
CD 1

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)

Eine Faust-Symphonie
Mephistopheles and Final Chorus (Goethe)


Dance at the Village Inn (Mephisto Waltz No. 1)
Two Epizodes from Lenau's Faust

CD 2


Nocturnal Procession
Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust


Hunnenschlacht (Battle of the Huns)


Symphony No. 3, Op. 11
Introduction & Overture - Modere
Danses - Tres vif
Pastorale - Modere
Finale - Vif

Werner Krenn (tenor) [CD 1 [3]]
Choeur Pro Arte de Lausanne [CD 1 [3]]
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 12683
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 442 9992
Price: AU $13.59   

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