Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust / Wit, Warsaw Philharmonic
Goethe’s Faust exerted a powerful influence on Romantic composers, offering Robert Schumann a number of unforgettable scenes drawn mainly from the mystical second part of the epic poem which he incorporated into this immensely moving large-scale cantata. Opening with the first love scene between Gretchen and Faust and concluding with the climactic scene of Faust’s redemption, Schumann created a sweeping panorama of dramatic episodes with Mephistopheles’ trickery ultimately overcome as legions of celestial beings bear Faust’s soul to heaven.
Catalog Number: 8572430-31
Composer: Robert Schumann
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Orchestra/Ensemble: Warsaw Boys' Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Performer: Andrew Gangestad, Anna Lubanska, Christiane Libor, Daniel Kirch, Ewa Marciniec, Iwona Hossa, Jaakko Kortekangas