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Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande / Finley, Kozena, Rattle, London Symphony


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 790  
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Joshua BloomGerald FinleyBernarda FinkMagdalena Kozená,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly anticipated new recording of Debussy’s evocative opera Pelleas et Melisande. It was captured in January 2016 during performances of an innovative collaboration between Rattle and Peter Sellars, two of the boldest creative minds in music and theatre today. Supported by the London Symphony Chorus, prepared by renowned choral director Simon Halsey, it is a moving statement of intent for Rattle’s tenure as LSO Music Director. The plot, a love triangle between Prince Golaud, his wife Melisande and his brother Pelleas, is shrouded in mystery and full of gripping twists and emotion-filled turns, ultimately ending in
Read more Pelleas’s untimely death. The sensuous score contains some of Debussy’s most exquisite music and perfectly crystalises the atmosphere of Maeterlinck’s original play. Debussy himself explained the appeal of the work: ‘The drama of Pelleas which, despite its dream like atmosphere, contains far more humanity than those so-called “real life documents”, seemed to suit my intentions admirably. In it there is an evocative language whose sensitivity could be extended into music and into the orchestral backcloth.’

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Review excerpts of the live performance source of this recording:

Irresistible...the performance was being recorded for LSO Live. I shall be first in the queue to buy it.

– Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

Rattle’s relationship with this score is a long one, and it unfolds here in spontaneous, giddy arcs, picked out in gilded detail by the musicians of the LSO.

– Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

This is a work that brings the best out of Rattle as an opera conductor. In the role of Golaud, Gerald Finley’s diction was immaculate, all of a piece with what was an outstanding, sometimes terrifying portrayal of this appallingly conflicted man.

– The Guardian

Rattle’s conducting was immaculate. The performance has made me think about the work again, wondering how far I should prod that glorious surface to see what lies beneath.

The Spectator

A magnificent achievement.

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Works on This Recording

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Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Joshua Bloom (Baritone), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano),
Magdalena Kozená (Mezzo Soprano), Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Franz-Josef Selig (Bass)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893-1902; France 

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