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Alerte alerte ou vous perdus

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Charles Gounod




Faust Synopsis


Faust Libretto


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Méphistophélès / Marguerite


Bass-Baritone / Soprano



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Faust final trio - Caruso-Farrar-Journet & McCormack-Melba-Sammarco (1910)

Singer(s): Geraldine Farrar Nellie Melba Marcel Journet Mario Sammarco

Here's an interesting comparison: the Faust final trio (Alerte! Alerte! Ou vous ete perdus!) with Enrico Caruso, Geraldine Farrar, and Marcel Journet, 12 January 1910 Victor recording, and the final trio with John McCormack, Nellie Melba, and Mario Sammarco, 11 May 1910 HMV recording.

Two things to note: First of all, Caruso's voice was so large he was made to stand several feet away from Farrar and Journet, who were much closer to the recording horn than he was (this was a common occurrence when Caruso recorded with other artists). McCormack had a much smaller voice so he stood extremely close to the horn when recording. Second of all, Farrar's voice was considerably larger than Melba's. Therefore the difference between the sizes of Caruso and McCormack's voices may not be as apparent as it would be live, but it is still obvious that Caruso produced a far more powerful sound.

The reason I posted this was to address the people who think one can't judge Caruso's greatness based on 'those old acoustic recordings.' The point is, some of John McCormack's best recordings (such as this one) were ACOUSTIC, made during the same time Caruso was recording for Victor. Tito Schipa is another example. In my opinion, his GREATEST recordings were made with HMV in the years between 1913 and 1921, all ACOUSTIC. No one ever complains that we cant judge McCormack and Schipa's greatness based on 'those old acoustic recordings,' so why complain about judging Caruso?

Enjoy the recordings, and I hope you find my argument valid, or at least interesting. Feel free to contribute to the discussion if you want to put your 2 cents worth in this matter.

Watch videos with other singers performing Alerte alerte ou vous perdus:


Alerte! alerte! ou vous êtes perdus!
Si vous tardez encor je ne m'en mêle plus!

Le démon! le démon! - Le vois-tu? ... là ... dans lombre
Fixant sur nous son œil de feu!
Que nous veut-il? - Chasse le du saint lieu!

Quittons ce lieu sombre!
Le jour est levé
De leur pied sonore
J'entends nos chevaux frapper le pavé!
cherchant à entraîner Faust.
Viens! sauvons-la! Peut'être il en est temps encore.

Mon Dieu, protégez-moi!
Mon Dieu, je vous implore !

Viens, fuyons!
Peut-être en est-il temps encore!

English Libretto or Translation:

Take care, or you are lost!
If you tarry any longer, I shall give you up!

The devil, the devil! Can you see him, there, in the dark!
Staring at us with his eyes of fire!
What does he want with us?
Drive him from the holy place!

Let us leave this dark spot!
It is daybreak;
I can hear our horses
Rap on the cobblestones with their noisy feet!
He tries to drag Faust away.
Come! Let us save her!
We may still have time!

Dear God, protect me!
Dear God, I beseech you!

Come! Let us flee!
We may still have time!

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