Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (In German) - Hotter, Schwarzkopf, Vroons, Pernerstorfer; Furtwängler. Lucerne, 1950
Listen to a Sample:
- Hearing Berlioz' Faust story in German brings out the Goethe, particularly during "D'amour l'ardente flamme" which uses almost the same text as "Gretchen am Spinnrade."
- Hans Hotter is a colorful devil.
- Elisabeth Schwarzkopf never gets a chance to let her sterling soprano soar in the role of Margherete, but still finds the poetry in the words and the music.
- Wilhelm Furtwängler handles the score with delicacy and precision.
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