HD-Vinyls 96/24 (DGG) Hector Berlioz – La Damnation De Faust (Ozawa)

As a lover of Berlioz’ music I have heard countless performances of this amazing work both live and on records. I think that on balance this is possibly the finest account on record to date. Firstly Ozawa is a great conductor and I find his conducting of Berlioz to be among the very best, every bit the equal of Sir Colin Davis, Charles Munch or Charles Dutoit, all experts in this field.

# Composer: Hector Berlioz
# Performer: Donald McIntyre, Edith Mathis, Stuart Burrows, Thomas Paul
# Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Seiji Ozawa
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# DR-Analysis: DR 15
# Size: 2.38 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Secondly, the playing of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is of the very highest quality I cannot praise them enough – Like my Ozawa comparison, every bit the equal of the London S.O. or the Chicago S.O., perhaps in this case even better!! The brass section has always been a strong point with them and here they are in their element. Thirdly, all the singers are at least excellent, even if they are not the very best. Stuart Burrows is a great Faust although not in the same league as Richard Leech (MSO/Dutoit) by far the finest I have ever heard (or am ever likely to) Likewise Donald McIntyre is a first rate singer and I particularly like Edith Mathis’ Marguerite, for once she sounds fresh and young, not matronly like so many interpreters of this role! Last, by by no means least, The Tanglewood Festival Chorus are simply outstanding, as with the B.S.O, they are at the top of their game what more can you ask for. I still have a particular afinity for the Montreal/Dutoit recording, technically it’s a finer recording and it does have the finest “Faust” ever but on balance this recording is probably just ahead – very highly recommended.

 Analyzed folder: /96kHecBer_FstDam-Oza/96k Berlioz – Faust’s Damnation – Ozawa
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -0.15 dB     -19.66 dB     sideA.wav
 DR14        -0.30 dB     -19.38 dB     sideB.wav
 DR15        -0.48 dB     -22.08 dB     sideC.wav
 DR19        -0.77 dB     -26.13 dB     sideD.wav
 DR15        -0.43 dB     -20.85 dB     sideE.wav
 DR14        -0.36 dB     -21.30 dB     sideF.wav
 Number of files:    6
 Official DR value:    DR15


  • Art Direction – Lutz Bode
  • Baritone Vocals [Méphistophélès] – Donald McIntyre
  • Bass Vocals [Brander] – Thomas Paul (3)
  • Choir – Boston Boy’s Choir*, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  • Chorus Master [Boston Boy’s Choir] – Theodore Marier
  • Chorus Master [Tanglewood Festival Chorus] – John Oliver (3)
  • Composed By – Hector Berlioz
  • Conductor – Seiji Ozawa
  • Design, Typography – Werner Koberstein
  • Engineer – Klaus Hiemann
  • Liner Notes [Booklet – Ⓒ 1978] – Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dömling*
  • Liner Notes [Booklet Notes Into English] – Jane Wiebel
  • Liner Notes [Booklet Notes Into French] – Daniel Henry
  • Liner Notes [Sung-Texts / Libretto Into English – Ⓒ 1973] – David Cairns (3)
  • Lyrics By, Libretto By – Almire Gandonnière, Hector Berlioz
  • Orchestra – Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Photography By [Back Cover – Seiji Ozawa] – Siegfried Lauterwasser
  • Photography By [Ektachrome] – Joachim Blauel
  • Producer – Franz Christian Wulff*, Thomas Mowrey
  • Recording Supervisor – Thomas Mowrey
  • Soprano Vocals [Marguerite] – Edith Mathis
  • Tenor Vocals [Faust] – Stuart Burrows
  • Translated By [Goethe’s «Faust»] – Gérard De Nerval


Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music. Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 1.0 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 3 Advanced v3.01, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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10 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 96/24 (DGG) Hector Berlioz – La Damnation De Faust (Ozawa)”

  1. Thanks. This is an excellent performance. Even better is the ealier DG (real stereo) with Igor Markevitch conducting. That is very hard to find and is commanding high dollar to buy.

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