Cello Concerto in Bb major (2) Michael Haydn Download 'Cello Concerto in Bb major (2)' on iTunes
Such is the strength of this recording, you'll believe you're in the thick of the action.
Repertoire: La Damnation de Faust
Artists: Todorovitch, Myers, Vernhes, Schirrer, Orchestre National de Lille/Casadesus
Label: Naxos 8.660116-17
Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust calls for as much spectacle as Wagner’s Ring: there’s a magical ‘Ballet of Sylphs’, an extraordinary ‘Invocation to Nature’, a fiery ‘Ride into the Abyss’ and the entire Hungarian army has to march across a plain. It’s foiled many an opera company to stage, but this recording offers the next best thing: playing and singing of such vivid conviction and colour that you’ll almost believe you can see it. Casadesus gets right under the skin of Berlioz’s incredible orchestration, Myers (Faust) has a fine tenor voice and Vernhes is thrillingly malevolent as Mephistopheles. There is the odd choral moment that lacks fire, but otherwise a highly recommended recording.