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Debussy - La Mer

Composer Claude Debussy
Performer Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor
Period Impressionism
Catalogue Number BIS-1837 SACD
EAN 7318599918372
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Sep 2014
Total time 76'48

Empfehlung,; Opus d'Or, Opus HD Magazine
“Das Orchester aus Singapur gehört mittlerweile zweifelsohne zur Weltklasse.”; “A stylish approach to Debussy that leaps out of the speakers.” BBC Music Magazine; “A feast of juicey sensuousness.” Fanfare

On this disc, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune – possibly Claude Debussy’s most popular work for orchestra – is framed by two of his greatest achievements in the medium, La Mer and Images pour orchestre. &&&All three works are programmatic, but Debussy’s concern was to create an atmosphere rather than any naturalistic likeness. The Prélude is a case in point – while taking his inspiration from a pastoral poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, Debussy famously told a conductor who wanted a more detailed explanation: ‘It’s a shepherd playing the flute, sitting on his bum in the grass!’ In La Mer, Debussy abstains from the various clichés of so many other musical depictions of water, and instead creates an immediately recognizable seascape, largely through a pioneering use of various instrumental timbres, once described as ‘an impressionism of sounding dots’. Soon after La Mer, the composer started on Images, in which he went even further: although using a large orchestra, Debussy mainly avoids big sonorities, concentrating instead on unusual sound combinations and on transparency. His aim was compose a cycle focusing on the colours of three countries, while as far as possible avoiding the clichés associated with their music. Of its three panels, the expansive middle one, Ibéria, is often performed as an independent piece, but its Spanish colouring takes on new shades when framed by Scottish mists and the freshness of spring in France. The present disc combines new recordings by Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui with the team’s acclaimed performance of La Mer, first released in 2007.
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  Claude Debussy
  Images pour orchestre, L118 (1905–12) 38'10
01 I. Gigues 8'40
02 II. Ibéria - Par les rues et par les chemins 7'10
03 II. Ibéria - Les parfums de la nuit 9'40
04 II. Ibéria - Le matin d’un jour de fête 4'38
05 III. Rondes de printemps 8'02
06 Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L87 (1891–94) 11'23
  Claude Debussy
  La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques, L111 (1903–05) 25'28
07 I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer. Très lent 9'23
08 II. Jeux de vagues. Allegro 6'51
09 III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer. Animé et tumultueux 9'14
  Album total 76'48
ComposerDebussy, Claude
ConductorShui, Lan
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra

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