Berlioz’s légende dramatique is divided into four parts and based on Gérard de Nerval’s French translation of Goethe’s Faust. In his Memoirs, Berlioz noted that he wrote much of the libretto himself. As the title suggests, Berlioz does not allow Faust final redemption but, rather, eternal damnation in hell. Marguerite, however, is permitted salvation and ascends to heaven. Berlioz included an orchestrated version of the popular Hungarian “Rákóczi March,” an orchestration of the march that is still widely performed today. The work was premiered in Paris at the Opéra-Comique but received tepid praise, causing Berlioz the “deepest hurt” of his artistic career.
via Naxos Music Library.