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Scenes from Goethe's Faust, oratorio

La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Philippe Herreweghe
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    A Great Romantic Work.
    If the myth of Faust inspired numerous composers (Berlioz, Gounod, Liszt, Mahler...), their confrontations with it were to encounter different fates from popular acceptance to utter rejection by their audiences and by posterity.
    Schumann certainly did not choose either the easy nor the obvious way in opting for the second and much more esoteric part of the tragedy in his Scenes from Faust.
    The composition of the work was spread over seven years, but his boldness paid off, because it gave rise to a true masterpiece of Romanticism, culminating in the famous and impressive final "Chorus mysticus".

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    ROBERT SCHUMANN [1810-1856]
    Szenen aus Goethes Faust
    · Ouvertüre (8'28)
    · Erste Abteilung
    Szene im Garten
    Gretchen, Faust, Mephistopheles, Marthe: "Du kanntest mich, o kleiner Engel, wieder" (5'06)
    · Nr.2 Gretchen vor dem Bild der Mater Dolorosa
    Gretchen: "Ach neige, du Schmerzensreiche" (4'39)
    · Nr.3 Szene im Dom
    Böser Geist, Gretchen, Chor: "Wie anders, Gretchen, war dir's" (7'19)
    · Zweite Abteilung
    Ariel. Sonnenaufgang
    Ariel, Faust, Chor: "Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gen Kreise" (18'28)
    · Nr.5 Mitternacht
    Mangel, Schuld, Sorge, Not, Faust: "Ich heiße der Mangel" (13'58)
    · Nr.6 Fausts Tod
    Mephistopheles, Lemuren, Faust, Chor: "Herbei, herbei! Herein, herein!" (15'02)

    Szenen aus Goethes Faust
    · Dritte Abteilung
    Fausts Verklärung
    I. Chor: "Waldung, sie schwankt heran" (3'03)
    · II. Pater Ecstaticus: "Ewiger Wonnebrand" (2'04)
    · III. Pater Profundis, Pater Seraphicus, Selige Knaben: "Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Füßen" (5'40)
    · IV. Engel, Selige Knaben, Chor: "Gerettet ist das edle Glied" (10'32)
    · V. Doctor Marianus: "Hier ist die Aussicht frei" (5'00)
    · VI. Doctor Marianus, Chor, Büsserinnen, Magna Peccatrix, Mulier Samaritana, Maria Aegyptiaca, Una Poenitentum, Selige Knaben, Mater Gloriosa: "Dir, der Unberührbaren" (8'58)
    · VII. Chorus Mysticus: "Alles Vergängliche" (13'45)

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