it is criminal that no one has reviewed this cd before now.
i wept through most of the first cd, because of the sheer joy, ecstasy, passion and power, of the music.
until now, i had dutoit's 'prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune', and i was more than happy with it. but tilson thomas blows dutoits version completely out of the water. tilson thomas and the flautist play the piece with such ecstasy, poetry and delicasy, as if to make other performances seem moribund.
next we are given a truly magnificent performance of the quartet, by the melos quartet, needless to say, this is second to none. such passion in the first movement, that only just stays in control, the aching beauty of the third movement, then all is released in the finale.
karajans performance of la mer has been bewitching us for forty-five years. its like a turner painting for the ear, forever casting its spell.
after all this, there's richter playing the 'estamps', michelangeli playing some of the preludes, rostropovitch and britten in the cello sonatas and abbado with the noctunes, phewww, what more could any lover of debussy, or french music in general, be after!