Gounod: FAUST


Catalogue No: DDH 27810
EAN/UPC: 809730781025
Release Date: November 2008
Genres: ,
Discs: 2
Total Playing Time: 142:38
Sample: Soldiers' Chorus (opening)

Our most ambitious vintage recording yet, this version of Faust (in Italian) was recorded by La Scala Milan, under the baton of Carlo Sabajno, in 1920 using the acoustic recording process. Magnificently restored and re-mastered by Andrew Rose of Pristine Audio, this is THE classic opera performance and not to be missed.

CD booklet contains full libretto in Italian, and the English, French and Italian librettos are provided in a PDF file on the CD which can be printed from any PC.

at a really low price.

Track Listing

    Charles Gounod: Faust



The crop of quality singers and the much underrated Carlo Sabajno combine together to provide a truly world class performance on all counts… stunning remastering. This is an essential historical document which is a must for all fans of opera in all guises.

” —Gerald Fenech
Musical Opinion

Absolutely minimal surface noise… thus we can appreciate this set as a genuine performance. The quality of this world-class opera company shines through these old discs with an excellence and unfailing deep musicianship that justifies this reissue in artistic grounds

” —Robert Matthew-Walker
International Record Review

Autori as Mephistopheles: a vital, vivid, vibrant interpretation. He brings the character to life without excess: one of the best. Transfers are well done

” —John T. Hughes

Superb sound!…instrumental details are well caught, the chorus has great impact, the singers leap out of the speakers with surprising realism. Carlo Sabajno…secures fine playing and singing from the La Scala forces. The star of the performance is Fernando Autori as Mephistopheles. He has a magnificent black-tinted bass… one of the most impressive devils on any recording. Gilda Timitz is an excellent Siebel and his/her Flower Song is one of the highlights. A lot to admire on this almost 90-year old surprisingly listenable version.

” —Göran Forsling
Midwest Record

Is this too cool or what? Any self respecting opera fan will want to grab a copy of this.

” —Chris Spector
New Classics

Remarkably good overall sound quality that allows the excellent performances to shine through. This is the first time that this important historical recording has appeared on CD and it’s a memorable version of one of the most popular, tuneful and sophisticated operas ever composed.

” —John Pitt

Divine Art seems to have done its job well. Most of the singers have rapid little vibratos, but their voices are not unattractive. Autori has a dark voice and fairly smooth delivery … he isn’t crude and heavy

” —James Miller
Art Times

The sound is very good acoustic (pre-electric). Granted that, its being sung in Italian gives it a certain historic quality…. [a] version that can stand on its own vocally against some of the more recent French-language versions

” —Frank Behrens