Notes and Editorial Reviews
Previously unreleased recording of Pelléas et Mélisande from the 1963 Glyndebourne Festival conducted by Vittorio Gui with Denise Duval. Recorded live at Glyndebourne in the summer of 1963.
In 1963 Glyndebourne fielded a cast of French, Dutch and English singers whose handling of the French text stands up well in comparison with the best recent recordings. Denise Duval is a persuasive, convincingly youthful Mélisande. The Golaud, Michel Roux, had recorded the role in 1955 and again in 1962 but he was not the first singer to find the Glyndebourne experience uniquely energising, and there is no lack of force in his telling portrayal of this most maddeningly obtuse of operatic characters. Guus Hoekman is an eloquent Arkel, and John Shirley-Quirk has all the necessary gravitas as the Doctor in Act 5. The packaging comes with full text (four languages) and production photographs.