Midwest Record

Is this too cool or what? A 1920 recording of “Faust”, recorded at La Scala with a cast that has names that sound like something out of a Marx Brothers movie making fun of classical music. Well, call me Emmanuel Ravelli! A double disc set taking the whole performance in, released probably for the first time on CD. Any self respecting opera fans will want to grab a copy of this just for the bragging rights. Then, after while, they’ll probably get into the cool job of sonic restoration as well. Quite the dandy find for the real hard core opera fan.

—Chris Spector