Mephistopheles and other Bad Guys | Pentatone PTC5186585

Mephistopheles and other Bad Guys

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186585

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 17th August 2018

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, op.72
» Ha! Welch ein Augenblick
Gesange (6), op.75
» no.3 Aus Goethe's Faust 'Es war einmal ein Konig' (orch. Shostakovich)

Berlioz, Hector

La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
» Devant la maison 'Serenade of Mephistopheles'
» Voici des roses

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele
» Ecco il mondo, vuoto e tondo
» Son lo spirito che nega (Act 1)

Getty, Gordon

Mephistopheles to Faust

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Le veau d'or est toujours debout (Act 1)
» Vous qui faites l'endormie (Act 3)

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Robert le diable (Robert the Devil)
» Nonnes qui reposez

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384
» Oh, wie will ich triumphieren
» Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden

Mussorgsky, Modest

Mephistopheles' Song in Auerbach's Cellar 'Song of the flea' (orch. Stravinsky)

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Dans les roles d'amoureux langoureux
» Scintille diamant

Stravinsky, Igor

The Rake's Progress
» I burn! I freeze!

Verdi, Giuseppe

I Lombardi
» Sciagurata!

Wagner, Richard

Das Rheingold
» Bin ich nun frei? Wirklich frei?

Weber, Carl Maria von

Der Freischutz, J277
» Schweig, schweig

Artists

Kevin Short (bass-baritone)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, op.72
» Ha! Welch ein Augenblick
Gesange (6), op.75
» no.3 Aus Goethe's Faust 'Es war einmal ein Konig' (orch. Shostakovich)

Berlioz, Hector

La Damnation de Faust, op.24 H111
» Devant la maison 'Serenade of Mephistopheles'
» Voici des roses

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele
» Ecco il mondo, vuoto e tondo
» Son lo spirito che nega (Act 1)

Getty, Gordon

Mephistopheles to Faust

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Le veau d'or est toujours debout (Act 1)
» Vous qui faites l'endormie (Act 3)

Meyerbeer, Giacomo

Robert le diable (Robert the Devil)
» Nonnes qui reposez

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384
» Oh, wie will ich triumphieren
» Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden

Mussorgsky, Modest

Mephistopheles' Song in Auerbach's Cellar 'Song of the flea' (orch. Stravinsky)

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Dans les roles d'amoureux langoureux
» Scintille diamant

Stravinsky, Igor

The Rake's Progress
» I burn! I freeze!

Verdi, Giuseppe

I Lombardi
» Sciagurata!

Wagner, Richard

Das Rheingold
» Bin ich nun frei? Wirklich frei?

Weber, Carl Maria von

Der Freischutz, J277
» Schweig, schweig

Artists

Kevin Short (bass-baritone)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

About

In opera, specific voice types are often associated with certain types of characters. Numerous and diverse associations exist also for the bass voice, who can be a father, a villain, an elderly man, a religious figure, a comic character or, indeed, a combination of the above. One recurring association for this voice type, however, deserves particular attention: that with evil, wicked, even diabolical characters. It is on that immensely fascinating association that this collection of arias is focused. The nineteen selections  composed by Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, Meyerbeer, Berlioz, Gounod, Offenbach, Verdi, Boito, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky and Getty take us on a journey through a period spanning some two hundred years, exploring how composers working in diverse national and institutional contexts and writing in an array of styles and genres exploited the bass voice to engage with the depiction of such characters.

This colourful repertoire is sung by the esteemed American bass-baritone Kevin Short, whose powerful voice is as sensuous as it is sinister. Short is accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, led by its Music Director Lawrence Foster. Earlier this year, this orchestra and conductor were hailed for their Pentatone releases of Martinu Double Concertos and A Certain Slant of Light.

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