Schumann’s music suggests the struggle between good and evil at the heart of Goethe’s work, as well as Faust’s tumultuous search for enlightenment and peace.
From the work’s dark and tense overture to its elegant and tranquil conclusion, Schumann’s oratorio opens a world combining horror opera, German song and church music. Described as Schumann’s magnum opus, the work is so huge that he never saw all three parts performed in the same concert.
Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by the exceptional baritone Christian Gerhaher in the title role, drawing on his expertise as a profound lieder performer.
Schumann Scenes from Goethe’s ‘Faust’
Daniel Harding conductor
Christian Gerhaher Faust
Christiane Karg Gretchen
Alastair Miles Mephistopheles
Andrew Staples Ariel
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
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