Notes and Editorial Reviews
...I have to say one cannot get much better singing or playing in this piece. John Tomlinson may bark a bit too much in places, but he is in superb voice and makes a frighteningly violent Golaud, more brutish than WNO's Donald Maxwell but less subtle in places. Christine Oelze oozes vulnerability and plays beautifully off the light-voiced Pelléas of Richard Croft, who is uncannily similar to WNO's Neil Archer. The rest of the stalwart British cast are excellent, particularly Gwynne Howell's noble old Arkel.
The playing of the LPO is gloriously full and romantic, as befits Andrew Davis's Karajan-like conducting, and this perfectly viable Wagnerian approach, which points up the leitmotifs more than any I've heard, makes
a good contrast to the cool, diaphanous clarity of Boulez and Gardiner. It really is a joy to listen to the orchestral contribution, an aspect some critics still feel is the most important element in the opera. Audio quality is also marginally fuller than the Boulez, with the balance slightly favouring the pit...
-- Tony Haywood, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording
Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy
Gwynne Howell (Bass),
Richard Croft (Tenor),
Christiane Oelze (Soprano),
John Tomlinson (Baritone),
Jean Rigby (Soprano)
Sir Andrew Davis
London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1893-1902; France
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