Faust  (Busser;   Woolf;   Vezzani, Journet, Berton, Musy, Coiffier)  (4-Andante 3995)
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Faust  (Busser;   Woolf;   Vezzani, Journet, Berton, Musy, Coiffier)  (4-Andante 3995)
OP0002. FAUST, recorded 1930, w.Büsser Cond. l'Opéra Ensemble; César Vezzani, Marcel Journet, Mireille Berton, Marthe Coiffier, Louis Musy, Jeanne Montfort, etc.; FAUST – Excerpts, recorded 1927-36, incl. Germaine Martinelli, Emma Luart, Yvonne Gall, Fanny Heldy, Ninon Vallin, René Lapelletrie, Georges Thill, Miguel Villabella, Charles Cambon, José Beckmans, Fred Bordon & Arthur Endrèze; partially conducted by Albert Wolff. (E.U.) 4-Andante 3995. Lavish Edition features elaborate sturdy hardcover 235pp deluxe book. Very Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 699487399525


“Recorded in 1930, Büsser’s performance [two above versions] with the forces of the Paris Opéra is surprisingly sparing in its cuts….In the title role, César Vezzani demonstrates that singers of Faust can have robust voices….Mireille Berthon, like so many of her soprano colleagues, is a girlish, innocent-sounding Marguerite, which is quite right for the role….Marcel Journet is the star of the complete performance. At the time of the recording he was either 62 or 63 and every once in a while you can infer that you’re hearing a great voice in decline, but Journet had so much to begin with that, even though more than 70 years have elapsed since this recording was made, he’s the best Méphistophélès to have recorded the role….one is vexed by the apparent reality that what one is hearing is nearly the last gasp of a particular singing style that can be documented back to the early 20th Century.”

- James Miller, FANFARE, Sept./Oct.., 2002