The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz

French Romantic composer and conductor Hector Berlioz was inspired by Goethe’s Faust to compose “The Damnation of Faust,” a free-form oratorio or opera (Berlioz ultimately called it a “légende dramatique”). It is most often heard in concert performances, as its travelogue form and cosmic perspective make it difficult to stage as an opera.

“The Damnation of Faust” by Hector Berlioz; conducted by Herbert von Karajan.


Notes about “The Damnation of Faust,” from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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