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Brahms, Debussy, Chausson / Svetlanov, London Symphony Orchestra

Brahms / Debussy / London Sym Orch / Baker
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Ica Classics   Catalog #: 5123   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsClaude DebussyErnest Chausson
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3. DEBUSSY La mer. CHAUSSON Poéme de l’amour et de la mer: La morte de l’amour; Le temps des lilas 1 Evgeny Svetlanov, cond; 1 Janet Baker (mez); London SO ICA 5123 (72:41) Live: London 4/17/75

The performance of the symphony begins at Read more a moderate tempo … nothing startling. The rhythm is supple, rather than rigid. There is even an air of mystery to the brass chords that announce the return of the exposition. Am I going to actually like this performance? Lovely sonority and solo playing characterizes the unhurried Andante movement. The winds are particularly expressive. This is one of the best performances of this movement I’ve ever heard. Am I writing this about Evgeny Svetlanov ? Who’s actually conducting this? Similar beauties are heard in the third movement, followed by a majestic but still energetic finale. Frankly, I was astounded by this performance, since I am anything but an uncritical admirer of this conductor. The La mer is nothing to sneeze at either, quite impassioned and intense rather than “Impressionistic,” but here the recorded competition is brutal. As for the Poéme de l’amour et de la mer, the recording only contains “La morte de l’amour” and “Le temps des lilas,” the second and third parts of the piece. Janet Baker delivers them eloquently and Svetlanov provides the requisite sensuous accompaniment, but the entire performance of the Poéme was recorded and previously issued on BBC Records, so this isn’t much of a bonus. At least the audience at the concert certainly got their money’s worth and, judging by their response, seems to have realized it.

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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1975 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 15 Secs. 
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1975 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Počme de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19: no 3a, La mort de l'amour by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  Dame Janet Baker ()
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1890; France 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1975 
Venue:  Royal Festival Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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