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Faure: Pelleas Et Melisande; Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev / Sanderling, Dresden Philharmonic

Faure / Tchaikovsky / Dresdner Philharmonie
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog #: 12238   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriel FauréSergei ProkofievPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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FAURÉ Pélleas et Mélisande: Suite. TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien. PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet: Suite Michael Sanderling, cond; Dresden PO GENUIN GEN 12238 (62:59) Live


This CD contains three very good renditions of works whose presence on the same program makes one scratch one’s head in puzzlement. Read more Each performance finishes with applause, so the music is evidently live, and the recorded sound from the Kulturpalast in Dresden is uniformly wonderful—up close with fine impact, a stunning bass line, and just enough air around things to keep the music poetic—but it is not clear from the notes that we are hearing one concert program. Irrespective of this, one is tempted to protest. What on earth is Fauré doing on the same bill with the Capriccio Italien?


The folksy bluster of the Tchaikovsky, with its military trumpet calls and heavy-footed Slavic Italianism must surely be the esthetic opposite of the delicately colored nostalgia painted in Pélleas et Mélisande . For that matter, the subtleties of the Prokofiev scenes from Romeo and Juliet seem an imperfect fit as well. But at least they are Russian.


Michael Sanderling (one of several conducting sons of the late Kurt Sanderling) is a cellist, and his approach to music happily conveys a smooth natural sense of phrase and movement. The Fauré is gently and beautifully done, without eccentricities. Perhaps a francophone on CD, like Charles Dutoit, illuminates in each phrase more moments of individuality and meaning, but for a German orchestra in this repertory, these Dresdeners are as good as it gets. The orchestra does not convey the special tonal qualities of the famed Staatskapelle but is an excellent group nonetheless.


I especially enjoy the way the six-movement Prokofiev suite is brought off: tremendous striding power down below, but nothing blatty or glaring above the staff, even in the Death of Tybalt. I have returned to this performance often. Its naturalness grows on one. And to Sanderling’s credit, the Capriccio Italien may annoy by its very presence on the program but is beautifully conducted here.


Sanderling is the newly appointed music director of the Dresden Philharmonic. I greatly look forward to hearing more repertory from him. But where this program is concerned, one opines the obligatory comment about “harmony of diversity”—then rolls one’s eyes!


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Works on This Recording

1. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Suite by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Montagues & Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Dance by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5. Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Romeo & Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6. Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Romeo at Juliet's Grave by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7. Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Death Tybalt by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8. Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Venue:  Live  Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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