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Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande / Oelze, Croft, Tomlinson

Debussy / Oelze / Croft / Tomlinson / Davis
Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 3117  
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gwynne HowellRichard CroftChristiane OelzeJohn Tomlinson,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraGlyndebourne Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...I have to say one cannot get much better singing or playing in this piece. John Tomlinson may bark a bit too much in places, but he is in superb voice and makes a frighteningly violent Golaud, more brutish than WNO's Donald Maxwell but less subtle in places. Christine Oelze oozes vulnerability and plays beautifully off the light-voiced Pelléas of Richard Croft, who is uncannily similar to WNO's Neil Archer. The rest of the stalwart British cast are excellent, particularly Gwynne Howell's noble old Arkel.

The playing of the LPO is gloriously full and romantic, as befits Andrew Davis's Karajan-like conducting, and this perfectly viable Wagnerian approach, which points up the leitmotifs more than any I've heard, makes
Read more a good contrast to the cool, diaphanous clarity of Boulez and Gardiner. It really is a joy to listen to the orchestral contribution, an aspect some critics still feel is the most important element in the opera. Audio quality is also marginally fuller than the Boulez, with the balance slightly favouring the pit...

-- Tony Haywood, MusicWeb International

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Works on This Recording

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Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Richard Croft (Tenor), Christiane Oelze (Soprano),
John Tomlinson (Baritone), Jean Rigby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893-1902; France 

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