Notes and Editorial Reviews
Includes full libretto with English translation.
This live 1969 broadcast performance of Debussy’s operatic masterpiece, one of the seminal vocal works of the twentieth century, joins the Grand Tier catalogue with full documentation and a complete libretto newly translated. Real French singers in the three principal roles make a vast difference stylistically, and a major world conductor at the height of his fresh powers is a special bonus.
Including a 72-page booklet with historic photos, a complete French libretto and new original English translation, and an essay on the performance by Robert Levine, this sweeping masterpiece stars authoritative French stars from opera’s golden era with Lorin Maazel at
“This opera, mysterious, ethereal, indefinably beautiful, makes us feel deeply. The music–or the effect of the music (you may substitute ‘impression’ for ‘effect’)—washes over us, moves us and makes us wonder. Like the greatest of art, it stirs the soul and fills it with awe. Sonically handsome and featuring three of the major French-speaking singers of their generation in the three main roles, this recording and performance will work on your senses. Prepare them for an adventure.” – Robert Levine
R E V I E W:
The sound is restricted in dynamic and frequency range, but quite clean with minimal distortion. I still think that Lorin Maazel’s conducting, superbly controlled though it may be, is on the fussy side, but otherwise not disturbing. Those who prefer their Mélisandes to be wispy and girlish may be put off by Jeanette Pilou’s more robust, healthy one, but she makes a good sound and obviously knows the role’s routine. Gabriel Bacquier’s Golaud is the equal of any in my experience, capturing the jealous husband’s tenderness and bottled-up anger in equal measure. The other roles are well done.
– James Miller, Fanfare [7/2008] Read less
Works on This Recording
Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy
Jeannette Pilou (Soprano),
Anna Reynolds (Alto),
Teodoro Rovetta (Bass),
Henri Guy (Bass),
Nicola Zaccaria (Bass),
Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone),
Adriane Martino (Mezzo Soprano)
Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1893-1902; France
Date of Recording: 02/20/1969
Venue: Live Rome, Italy
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