Composers: Berlioz
Compositions: La Damnation de Faust
Performers: Michael Spyres t, Joyce DiDonato ms, Nicolas Courjal b, Alexandre Duhamel bar, Coro Gulbenkian, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, John Nelson cond
Catalogue Number: Erato 9029541735 (2CD)

La Damnation de Faustis Berlioz at his most hallucinatory. There have been fine recordings of this strange piece over the years but none convey its peculiar flickering cinematic atmosphere as vividly as Colin Davis’ recordings, until now. John Nelson’s credentials as a Berlioz specialist are formidable, as evident from the welcome his Les Troyensreceived, so I was delighted he rounded...