Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Live Concert 3-CD)
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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Live Concert 3-CD) – London Symphony Orchestra
Composer: Claude Debussy
Artists: Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher, Gerald Finley, Franz-Josef Selig, Bernarda Fink, Joshua Bloom, Elias Mädler, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Composer: Simon Rattle
Number of Discs: 3 (plus bonus Blu-Ray Audio disc)
Label: LSO LIVE
CD Release Date: January 22, 2018
Debussy’s only completed opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, is widely considered to be one of the 20th century’s greatest. His setting of Maurice Maeterlinck’s love triangle between Mélisande, Golaud, and his younger half brother Pelléas, creates a distinctive and tense atmosphere - a world of ambiguity, darkness and light, life, death, and love; all underpinned by Debussy’s complex and subtle harmonies, and expressive use of orchestral color.
This 3-CD set features program notes in English, French, and German, plus the full French libretto with English translation. Also includes a bonus Blu-Ray Audio disc with the full opera, playable on all Blu-Ray players, and downloadable audio files.
“Kožená knows her Mélisande, Gerhaher [excels], Finley and Selig are admirable from start to finish.” (Classica)
“Rattle, always at home in French repertoire, elicits delicately shimmering shades of beauty from his new orchestra.” (The Birmingham Post)
Pelléas et Mélisande
Composed in 1895, Pelléas et Mélisande is the only opera Claude Debussy ever completed. It is considered a landmark in 20th-century music.
Performed in five acts, the story is about the love triangle between Prince Golaud, Mélisande, a mysterious young woman lost in a forest whom he marries and Golaud’s younger half-brother Pelléas, who has a passionate relationship with Mélisande. In the end this is a classic tale of love, betrayal and death.
Set in the mythical kingdom of Allemonde, the era is not indicated, but the ambience of the story is medieval, more suggestive than specific.
It premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on April 30,1902, was performed at the Met in 2011 then returned almost a decade later in its 2018–19 season.
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