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Debussy: La Mer, Syrinx... / Karajan, Richter...


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469130   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Wilhelm MelcherGerhard VossHermann VossPeter Buck,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Tilson ThomasHerbert von KarajanClaudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraMelos String Quartet StuttgartBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This first-rate collection has no weak links at all: Karajan's La Mer, Tilson Thomas' Boston Symphony recording of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Richter's Estampes, the Britten/Rostropovich Cello Sonata, and of course Michelangeli's Preludes, Book 1 all stand at the top of their respective heaps as reference editions of the pieces in question. Joining this elite company, Abbado's Nocturnes offer a Boston Symphony in top form allied to gorgeously atmospheric recording. Sirènes, the third movement, sounds especially evocative, with the wordless female chorus beautifully balanced to give exactly the magical effect Debussy had in mind. Compare this marvelous version to such recent horrors as Maazel's
Read more latest attack on this piece for BMG, with what sounds like the Heidelberg Hefty Hausfrau Choir lustily crooning away, and you'll wonder why it was ever allowed to disappear from the catalog in the first place. Finally, the Melos Quartet plays Debussy's sole work in the genre vividly and with spirit, while BSO principal flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer does Syrinx as well as it ever has been. Super.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
2. Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Wilhelm Melcher (Violin), Gerhard Voss (Violin), Hermann Voss (Viola),
Peter Buck (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
Length: 24 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3. Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Doriot Dwyer (Flute)
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4. Estampes (3) for Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
Length: 14 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5. La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Length: 22 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6. Préludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Length: 43 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Mstislav Rostropovich (Cello), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 
8. Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Length: 24 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86
String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85: 1. Animé et très décidé
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 2. Scherzo (Assez vif et bien rythmé)
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 3. Andantino doucement expressif
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10: 4. Très modéré - Très mouvementé - Très animé
Syrinx
Estampes, L.100: 1. Pagodes
Estampes: 2. Soirée dans Grenade
Estampes: 3. Jardins sous la pluie
La Mer: 1. From Dawn till Noon on the Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)
La Mer: 2. Play of the Waves (Jeux de vagues)
La Mer: 3. Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)
Préludes - Book 1: 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Préludes - Book 1: 2. Voiles
Préludes - Book 1: 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Préludes - Book 1: 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Préludes - Book 1: 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Préludes - Book 1: 6. Des pas sur la neige
Préludes - Book 1: 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Préludes - Book 1, L.117: 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Préludes - Book 1: 9. La sérénade interrompue
Préludes - Book 1: 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Préludes - Book 1: 11. La danse de Puck
Préludes - Book 1: 12. Minstrels
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L.135: 1. Prologue (lent)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L.135: 2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L.135: 3. Finale (Animé)
Nocturnes: Nuages. Modéré
Nocturnes: Fêtes. Animé et très rythmé
Nocturnes: Sirènes. Modérément animé

Customer Reviews

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 An excellent compilation June 12, 2012 By Peter K. (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "This 2-disc set should please those familiar to Debussy's music as well as those who are new to it. The performances are superb." Report Abuse
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