Scenes from Goethe's Faust


With Christian Gerhaher

Sun 20 Mar 2016 7.00pm - 9.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

SCHUMANN Scenes from Goethe's 'Faust'

Daniel Harding conductor
Christian Gerhaher Faust
Christiane Karg Gretchen
Olivia Vermeulen Noth
Alastair Miles Mephistopheles
Andrew Staples Ariel
Tara Erraught Mangel
Lucy Crowe soprano solo
Matthew Rose bass solo
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
Choir of Eltham College



Tickets: £10 £16 £22 £29 £40

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Part of the 2015/16 season

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Schumann’s music suggests the struggle between good and evil at the heart of Goethe’s work, as well as Faust’s tumultuous search for enlightenment and peace.

From the work’s dark and tense overture to its elegant and tranquil conclusion, Schumann’s oratorio opens a world combining horror opera, German song and church music. Described as Schumann’s magnum opus, the work is so huge that he never saw all three parts performed in the same concert.

Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by the exceptional baritone Christian Gerhaher in the title role, drawing on his expertise as a profound lieder performer.

'Some great baritones have recorded this little-performed work but Christian Gerhaher is the equal of any, an inspiration in his fusion of poetry and music.'