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Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall on 13 November 1959
Total playing time: 74:26
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Released September 2011

CD: Busoni – Doktor Faust

LPO conducted by Sir Adrian Boult

Busoni Doktor Faust

Sir Adrian Boult conductor
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau baritone: Faust
Richard Lewis tenor: Mephistopheles
Ian Wallace bass-baritone: Wagner
Heather Harper soprano: Duchess of Parma
John Cameron bass: Duke of Parma
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Ambrosian Singers
Chorus from the Royal Academy of Music

Busoni’s opera Doktor Faust is unquestionably one of the experimental operatic masterpieces of the 20th century. The composer wrote his own libretto and worked on the composition for nearly two decades, although it remained unfinished on his death in 1924. Completed the following year by Busoni’s pupil, Philipp Jarnach, this 1959 BBC broadcast features a superb cast of soloists including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Heather Harper and Richard Lewis.

Sung in German.

Please note that after production of this CD, it has emerged that this is a shortened version of the opera created by the BBC for transmission in 1959.

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‘Buried treasure indeed … A rewarding and fascinating document, in sum, and one not to be missed.’
Andrew Achenbach, Classical Source, 30 Sep 2011

‘The performance proceeds with confidence – this conductor was always at home with German operatic music.’
Mike Ashman, Gramophone, December 2011

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