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Debussy: Nocturnes; La Damoiselle élue; Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/1994
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645895222
  • Catalog Number: 58952


Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Nocturnes, for female chorus & orchestra, L. 91 - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Claude Debussy (24:42)
  2. 2 La Demoiselle élue, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, female chorus & orchestra, L. 62 - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Claude Debussy (20:22)
  3. 5–8 Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, symphonic fragments (arranged by Caplet) - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Claude Debussy (22:55)
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Esa-Pekka Salonen Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gleaming, Radiant Debussy from Esa-Pekka Salonen and Company

    Fascinating as it has been hearing Esa-Pekka Salonen develop his repertoire during his tenure with the Los Angeles Philharmonic - a repertoire that spreads from the High Romantics through the 20th Century masterworks to the works being composed today - it is still refreshing to remember his special affinity for Debussy's magical realm of harmony and immaculate orchestration. This CD is now fifteen years old and it sounds as fresh as the conductor's current involvement with this deceptively complex composer's music. This recording (made in UCLA's Royce Hall and not recorded in the perfect acoustic of Disney Hall as are the current issues) is spacious, with surprising clarity and allows the orchestra, the chorus of Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the two superb soloists to be heard in perfect balance. The recording begins with the Nocturnes - Nuages, Fetes, Sirenes - in what for this listener is the most atmospheric performance on record. The orchestral sound is warm and rich and yet airy enough to keep each of the three works floating. Salonen's approach is the 'straight from the score' manner, allowing the mysteries of Debussy's orchestration to be completely delineated while maintaining the 'impressions' Debussy created. The vocal portion of Sirenes is carefully woven into the fabric of the orchestra, enhancing rather than pulling focus away from the complete impression. 'La Damoiselle élue' is an early Debussy work, said to be composed when the composer remained under the influence of Wagner's 'Parsifal', and is a lyrical setting of Pre-Raphaelite poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s 'The Blessed Damosel'. The gently moody work is a brief but profoundly moving 'story' narrated by the superb mezzo- soprano Paula Rasmussen and the chorus of women's voices about the longings for transcendence of the Damosel, a small but perfectly inhabited role for the miraculous Dawn Upshaw. It is a masterpiece of collaborative music making, and Salonen molds it into a pearl that holds so many of the secrets that Debussy would later fully realize in his major works. The final piece is a performance of four fragments from the 1911 incidental music for the mystery play 'Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien', a complicated five-hour long work by Gabriele D'Annunzio for drama, dancing, visual stage effects, singing and orchestral music to recreate the drama of the persecution and martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. Hearing Salonen's approach to these brief fragments makes one wish for a revival of this 'adventure' presentation. The music is glowingly beautiful and again has many phrases and progressions that were the seeds for later works. Salonen and the LA Phil offer a seamless and luxurious performance. This recording may now be fifteen years old but the music and performance are fresh and definitive. It has become a gold standard for these early Debussy works. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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    Posted April 29, 2009

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