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Debussy: Orchestral Music / Haitink, Van Beinum


Release Date: 02/15/1994 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438742   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vera BadingsGeorge Pieterson
Conductor:  Bernard HaitinkEduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink. Philips 400 023-2 [Nocturnes, with Jeux] and 416 444-2 [La mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, with Ibéria] (recorded 1976-79).

Haitink’s recordings of the major orchestral works of Debussy still rank among his most impressive discographic achievements, a tribute both to his own enormous skills as an interpreter of this music and to the stylistic flexibility of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, whose music director he was for a quarter of a century. The account of the Nocturnes is one of the finest ever – evocative, poetic, gorgeously played, and brilliantly detailed. In Haitink’s reading of La mer there is poise, flow, and high suspense, and the response
Read more of the orchestra is similarly supple and virtuosic. The work presents itself precisely as intended, as a set of three “symphonic sketches” rather than a kaleidoscope with one picture jerkily falling upon the next. Although the Concertgebouw is a difficult venue in which to record, the Philips team manages to achieve excellent balances on both recordings, with a nearly ideal sense of distance and atmosphere. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1892-1894; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 11 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France (1892 - 1894). 
2.
Images for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1912; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1977 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 34 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1897-1899; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
Jeux by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1979 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Vera Badings (Harp)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1977 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
7.
Berceuse heroïque by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
8.
Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  George Pieterson (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  The Netherlands 
Length: 8 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Terrific Surprise! October 17, 2015 By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA) See All My Reviews "I greatly hesitated when considering to add this set of CD's to my collection. I had purchased some CD's previously on which Bernard Haitink was the featured conductor, and I was underwhelmed. He seemed lackadaisical in his approach and delivery. I decided to give this 2 CD set a try in spite of my misgivings on the basis of a favorable review by David Hurwitz and the fact that I always had heard good things about the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. I couldn't have been more pleased or surprised by the results! I have always admired the work of Claude Debussy, and I was further tempted by the fact that I could acquire all of his major orchestral works in one swell foop! It almost goes without saying that the work of the orchestra is outstanding! Much to my surprise, Haitink delivered a splendid rendition of these pieces. Most of Debussy's music seems to have been written with Bernard in mind. Very little, if any of it, blows you out of your mind, anyway, and even the selections which Debussy meant to be presented with a little more oomph, like Fetes, one of the Nocturnes, for instance, is played by the Amsterdam group with great expertise under the baton of Haitink! I'll go even further to state that the only rendition of La Mer which I have ever heard that ranks right up there for quality with this offering is that by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. If anything could make this set more desirable, it's the fact that it is a twofer at an absolutely bargain price! By all means, DO NOT HESITATE! You certainly will not be sorry. A+++++" Report Abuse
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