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Pelléas Et Mélisande - Debussy, Sibelius, Et Al / Baudo, Czech Philharmonic


Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3899   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussyJean SibeliusArnold SchoenbergGabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As serious record collectors will already know, Serge Baudo made some outstanding recordings of French repertoire with the Czech Philharmonic (the Honegger symphonies in particular), and this very interesting project, reissued in its entirety for the first time as a double CD, is fully up to the high standards we have come to expect. The novelty item is Marius Constant's arrangement of music from Debussy's opera as a 24-minute "symphony". It works excellently, and like all of the titles here it's extremely well played by the Czech Philharmonic ca. 1991. Baudo's view of the Schoenberg also is refreshingly tangy and exciting--far from the decadent hog-wallow that some conductors make of it--and in the Sibelius you will hear more of Read more the music's sinister undercurrents (the scene at the spinning wheel, for instance) than many other versions find. How different this music sounds from Fauré's elegiac but highly polished and very French textures (the writing for flute and harp in the famous Siciliènne). In short, this warmly recorded, easily recommendable set will fill a gap in many collections very conveniently and enjoyably.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 46 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Finland 
2. Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Vienna, Austria 
3. Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80: Suite by Gabriel Fauré
Conductor:  Serge Baudo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Pelléas et Mélisande Suite (Sibelius): Mélisande au rouet
Pelléas et Mélisande Suite (Fauré): II. Andantino quasi allegretto

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