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SCHUMANN, R.: Scenen aus Goethes Faust (Scenes from Goethe's Faust) (Warsaw Boys' Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit)

Composer(s):Schumann, Robert
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.572430-31
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Goethe’s Faust exerted a powerful influence on Romantic composers, offering Robert Schumann a number of unforgettable scenes drawn mainly from the mystical second part of the epic poem which he incorporated into this immensely moving large-scale cantata. Opening with the first love scene between Gretchen and Faust and concluding with the climactic scene of Faust’s redemption, Schumann created a sweeping panorama of dramatic episodes with Mephistopheles’ trickery ultimately overcome as legions of celestial beings bear Faust’s soul to heaven.

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Fascinating Unknown Work
Review By KS109634,February 2011

Schumann obviously lavished a lot of care and attention on this score, and I'm surprised it has remained relatively unknown. It's full of beautiful writings for soloists and choirs (including several key passages for children's choirs) and this recording does it full justice.

Sound is clear and full, and singers are on top of their game at all points. Antoni Wit guides the music with a firm hand, and every movement comes to life. My only reservation is a small one, and it's about the music itself. The finale has a stodgy, academic feel about it, with a rather conventional fugue subject. Alas, it just doesn't lift and fly as well as many earlier parts of the work. This is more distressing as the text is already familiar to anyone who knows Liszt's Faust Symphony or more....

Schumann--Scenes from Goethe's Faust
Review By EE115671,March 2011

This two-cd set, which showcases the talents of impressive soloists and Choirs of the Warsaw Philharmonic, brings to light a romantic illustration of the epic work by Goethe. Schumann’s use of Scenes, with orchestra, choirs, and soloists, paints pictures of certain portions of the Faust story, rather than conforming to opera or oratorio structure. It suits the romantic era and permits emotional description in the music rather than fitting a libretto to melody or providing a religious record of Biblical passages.

Numerous artists and authors of the Nineteenth Century used the prominent Goethe work for their creative productions. Description of the writing of these Scenes is well-explained in the accompanying booklet, and is helpful during the hearing of this beautiful yet more....

Review By Qobuz,June 2011

Robert Schumann s’est fortement inspiré du Faust de Goethe, surtout de la seconde partie de ce poème, mystique et épique, qu’il a incorporée dans sa vertigineuse cantate, qui commence avec la scène d’amour entre Gretchen et Faust. Le chef polonais Antoni Wit dirige cette oeuvre de main de maître.

Review By Dominique Joucken, Classica,June 2011

Review By Jean-Claude Hulot, Diapason,June 2011

Review By Paolo Bertoli, Musica,May 2011

Fra tutti compositori che hanno affrontato il Faust di Goethe forse il più acuto è stato Beethoven, che dopo aver accarezzato a lungo l’idea di mettere in musica l’opus magnum dell’autore predilletto ha semplicemente deciso…di non farlo. Per dirla con Henri Pousseur gli altri musicisti, soprattutto in campo melodrammatico (Berlioz, Gounod, Boito e così via: non Spohr, ispiratosi a fonti preesistenti) hanno creato in realtà dei Votre Faust, inesorabilmente lontani dal testo di partenza non tanto per l’impossibilità di offrire un accettabile sunto di un’opera tanto vasta e complessa, quanto per aver privilegiato I via esclusiva alcuni temi ed aspett lasciandone altri—non meno

Per citare lo stesso Eco, giunti a questi lidi ci si trova « davanti a una libertà dell’opera, a una sua proliferatività infinita, di fronte alla ricchezza delle sue interne aggiunzioni, delle proiezioni inconscie che vi convoglia, dell’invito che la tela gli fa a non lasciarsi determinare dai nessi cuasali e dale tentazioni dell’unico, impregnanadosi in una transazione ricca di scoperte sempre più imprevedibili ». E se è pur vero che nel caso di Schumann, come puntualizza Paolo Isotta, « la mancanza do organicità non significa non finite, cosa che le Scene di Schumann assolutamente non sono », è altrettanto evidente che I « panneli » di questo politico per loro stessa conformazione ammettono quantomeno in via ipotetica spostamenti, aggiunte e sottrazioni ad libitum.

Una partitura siffatta può attrarre unicamente l&rsqmore....

Review By Andrew Stewart, Classic FM,April 2011

You may not know these soloists or be vaguely aware of Antoni Wit…but the quality and musical intelligence of all concerned with this studio album generally match, and often exceed, what more famous names have brought to Schumann’s Faust on record…Characterful solo performances, formidable choral singing and refined orchestral playing help make this Faust an unbeatable bargain. The deal is sealed by excellent recorded sound and an (essential) online libretto and English translation.


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