Opus Klassik 2020 Awards for the New Edition of Gounod's Faust and Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane
Oct. 01, 2020
Just prior to the publication of Paul Prévost’s ground-breaking new edition of the original 1859 version of Charles Gounod’s Faust, the first recording of this version of the opera was chosen by the Opus Klassik 2020 awards as the most convincing new recording in the 19th century opera category. It is on the Palazzetto Bru Zane label and features Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset, with Benjamin Bernheim and Veronique Gens. This reconstruction of the 1859 version with spoken dialogues and some only recently rediscovered vocal numbers is much more imbued with the esprit of Opéra Comique than the later through-composed version, the one which is performed in theatres throughout the world. It is available exclusively from Bärenreiter. The printed score will be published in Bärenreiter's “L’Opéra français” series this month. Notably, a prominent staged first performance has already been secured: Oper Köln stages Johannes Erath’s new production, directed by chief conductor François-Xavier Roth in May 2021.
Learn more about Paul Prévost’s new edition of Charles Gounod's Faust here.
Another recording to earn honors from Opus Klassik is a DVD of the 2018 production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, featuring Sara Jakubiak as Heliane and Brian Jagde as Die Fremde with stage direction by Christof Loy and musical direction by Marc Albrecht.
To learn more about Charles Gounod, visit bärenreiter.com.
To learn more about Erich Wolfgang Korngold, visit: schott-music.com
opera in five acts
libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
versions with dialogues, edited by Paul Prévost (2018). L’Opéra français. Bärenreiter-Verlag.
BA 8714 (available on hire)
2S, Mz, T, 2Bar, B
2 (1.pic).2 (1.eh).2.2 -4.2 Cornets à pistons (or 2 tpt).3.0-timp.perc-4hp.org-str
Stage music: ssax.2 cornets à pistons.2 tpt.2 atbn.ttbn.bsax.csax
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Das Wunder der Heliane (1923-1926)
opera in three acts
freely based on a mystery by Hans Kaltneker
libretto by Hans Müller-Einegen
2S, A, 5T, 3Bar, 3B
Onstage players: 6fanfaretpt.3tpt.3tbn-perc