Spohr: Faust

COMPOSERS: Spohr
LABELS: CPO
WORKS: Faust
PERFORMER: Michael Vier, Eelco von Jordis, William Pugh, Diane Jennings; Bielefeld Opera Chorus, Bielenfeld PO/Geoffrey Moull
CATALOGUE NO: 999 247-2 DDD
Spohr’s Faust (1813) is a major landmark in the development of 19th-century German opera, occupying a transitional position between Singspiel (eg The Magic Flute) with its spoken dialogue, and through-composed opera such as Wagner’s. This live recording, using Spohr’s 1852 revision (recitative instead of spoken dialogue) is well enough performed to give pleasure to anyone curious to hear a work that helped to change the course of operatic history. Barry Millington

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