Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein – Liszt: A Faust Symphony (1977/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Franz Liszt – A Faust Symphony – Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:16:58 minutes | 1,31 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
Recorded: 07/1976, Symphony Hall, Boston

“David Gutman’s absorbing booklet-note for the Leonard Bernstein release tells how at a Tanglewood concert in 1941 Bernstein scored a triumph in modern American repertoire and Serge Koussevitzky conducted the first two movements of AFaust Symphony. Some 20 years later Bernstein himself made a distinguished recording of the work, faster than this superb 1976 Boston remake by almost five minutes yet ultimately less involving.
The passage of time witnessed not only an easing of tempo but a heightened response to individual characters, be it Faust’s swings in mood and attitude, Gretchen’s tender entreaties or the unpredictable shadow-play of ‘Mephistopheles’. Orchestral execution is first-rate, the strings in particular really showing their mettle (such biting incisiveness), while Bernstein’s pacing, although often slower than average, invariably fits the mood. The sound too is far warmer and more lifelike than its rather opaque New York predecessor, although when it comes to the tenor soloist in the closing chorus, Kenneth Riegel is rather strident.” –Gramophone

„Bernstein has to be one of the very few (if not the only) conductors to record the Faust Symphony twice, a sign of how much he must have believed in it. Both performances reveal that conviction, but this one, with the Boston Symphony in amazing form, is especially rewarding. Even the dangerously slow tempo for “Gretchen” works when the interpretation is this intense. The Faust Symphony is one of those pieces in which everyone either has to give 100 percent, or they needn’t bother. This disc is a cornerstone of any serious Liszt collection.“ –David Hurwitz,

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
A Faust Symphony, S.108
1. I. Faust 29:42
2. II. Gretchen 23:00
3. III. Mephistopheles And Final Chorus 24:18

Kenneth Riegel, tenor (#3)
Tanglewood Festival Chorus (#3)
John Oliver, chorus master (#3)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein, conductor