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Debussy: Orchestral Music / Haitink, Van Beinum


Release Date: 02/15/1994 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438742   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vera BadingsGeorge Pieterson
Conductor:  Bernard HaitinkEduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink. Philips 400 023-2 [Nocturnes, with Jeux] and 416 444-2 [La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, with Ibéria] (recorded 1976-79).

Haitink’s recordings of the major orchestral works of Debussy still rank among his most impressive discographic achievements, a tribute both to his own enormous skills as an interpreter of this music and to the stylistic flexibility of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, whose music director he was for a quarter of a century. The account of the Nocturnes is one of the finest ever – evocative, poetic, gorgeously played, and brilliantly detailed. In Haitink’s reading of La mer there is poise, flow, and high suspense, and the response
Read more of the orchestra is similarly supple and virtuosic. The work presents itself precisely as intended, as a set of three “symphonic sketches” rather than a kaleidoscope with one picture jerkily falling upon the next. Although the Concertgebouw is a difficult venue in which to record, the Philips team manages to achieve excellent balances on both recordings, with a nearly ideal sense of distance and atmosphere. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
2.
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1977 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 34 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Jeux by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vera Badings (Harp)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1977 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Berceuse heroïque by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  George Pieterson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Berceuse héroïque
Images for Orchestra: 1. Gigues
Images for Orchestra / 2. Ibéria: 1. Par les rues et par les chemins
Images for Orchestra / 2. Ibéria: 2. Les parfums de la nuit
Images for Orchestra / 2. Ibéria: 3. Le matin d'un jour de fête
Images for Orchestra: 3. Rondes de printemps
Jeux (Poème dansé)
Marche écossaise
Danses for Harp and Orchestra: 2. Danse profane
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L. 86: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Nocturnes - orchestral version: 1. Nuages
Nocturnes - orchestral version: 2. Fêtes
Nocturnes - orchestral version: 3. Sirènes
La Mer, L.109: 1. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)
La Mer, L.109: 2. Play Of The Waves (Jeux de vagues)
La Mer, L.109: 3. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)
Première Rhapsodie
Danses for Harp and Orchestra: 1. Danse sacrée

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