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Bernstein Century - Debussy: La Mer, Jeux, Nocturnes, Etc


Release Date: 03/16/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60972   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

People often think of impressionist music as being emotionless yet trance-like, with no regard to melodic line or rhythmic clarity. Nothing could be further than the truth. When Claude Debussy set out to write music in a bold new language, it is doubtful he was thinking along these lines. In fact, he was a man of great discipline, and he had high regard for his musical predecessors. His music is highly representational; it is not in-your-face, and it asks the listener to change gears (just a little) to get its full benefit. Performers of Debussy's music are equally challenged: How do you stay true to the impressionist style while not having the music fall apart?
Leonard Bernstein knew what it meant to accurately convey Debussy's music;
Read more in order to get the desired effect, he had to precisely stick to the score with an almost pedagogical approach. Of course Bernstein triumphed and found every nuance, every detail Debussy meant to disclose, from the undulating roll of the waves in 'La Mer,' to the exultation found in "Fêtes" from the 'Nocturnes.' This fine disc is one of the best compilations of Debussy's symphonic works available. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 24 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
3.
Jeux by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/02/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 1, Nuages by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra: no 2, Fêtes by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: French Impressionist 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. De l' aube ` midi sur la mer. Trhs lent
II. Jeux de vagues. Allegro
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer. Animi et tumultueux
Prilude ` l'aprhs-midi d'un faune - Trhs modiri
Jeux - Pohme dansi - Trhs lent - Scherzando - Mouvement du prilude - Assez animi - Mouvement de valse - Mouvement du prilude
I. Nuages. Modiri - Un peu animi
II. Fjtes. Animi et trhs rythmi - Modiri mais toujours trhs rythmi - De plus en plus sonore et en serrant le mouvement

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