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' Faust ' (Gounod)
Act III. Garden Scene
CHORUS of the Paris Opera and the SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by HENRI BUSSER
The scene is the garden of Margaret's house. Siebel, her youthful admirer, comes in to gather a nosegay, which he lays on Margaret's doorstep. Faust and Mephistopheles come in, and Faust bids the other begone before singing his beautiful address to the dwelling where the maiden lives. Mephistopheles returns, bringing a handsome bouquet and a casket of jewels, with which he replaces Siebel's humble posy.
Margaret comes home, dreaming of the handsome stranger who had spoken to her; sitting down at her spinning-wheel, she sings the simple old ballad of the King of Thule. Then she finds the casket and, with some hesitation, ends by decking herself with the jewels. There follows the famous Jewel Song. Martha, her neighbour, comes ih, and Mephistopheles takes charge of Martha, flattering her adroitly. Faust and Margaret join in two impassioned love duets, and finally part with a promise of another meeting on the morrow. Margaret opens her window, and thinking herself alone, sings to the night of her beloved. Faust rushes to the window and embraces her passionately once more, while Mephistophles, at the gate, shakes with Satanic laughter.
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