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Debussy: La Mer and Other Works

Claude Debussy, Melos Quartet Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Aug 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Panorama
  • ASIN: B00004W3IP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L.86Boston Symphony Orchestra 9:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Debussy: String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85 - 1. Animé et très décidéMelos Quartet 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 2. Scherzo (Assez vif et bien rythmé)Melos Quartet 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 3. Andantino doucement expressifMelos Quartet 7:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 4. Très modéré - Très mouvementé - Très animéMelos Quartet 7:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Debussy: SyrinxDoriot Anthony Dwyer 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Debussy: Estampes, L.100 - 1. PagodesSviatoslav Richter 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Debussy: Estampes - 2. Soirée dans GrenadeSviatoslav Richter 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Debussy: Estampes - 3. Jardins sous la pluieSviatoslav Richter 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Debussy: La Mer - 1. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)Berliner Philharmoniker 8:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Debussy: La Mer - 2. Play Of The Waves (Jeux de vagues)Berliner Philharmoniker 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Debussy: La Mer - 3. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)Berliner Philharmoniker 7:55£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 1. Danseuses de DelphesArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 2. VoilesArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 3. Le vent dans la plaineArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soirArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 5. Les collines d'AnacapriArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 6. Des pas sur la neigeArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouestArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L.117 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de linArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 9. La sérénade interrompueArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 10. La cathédrale engloutieArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 6:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 11. La danse de PuckArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 12. MinstrelsArturo Benedetti Michelangeli 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L.135 - 1. Prologue (lent)Benjamin Britten 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L.135 - 2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)Benjamin Britten 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L.135 - 3. Finale (Animé)Benjamin Britten 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Debussy: Nocturnes - Nuages. ModéréBoston Symphony Orchestra 7:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Debussy: Nocturnes - Fêtes. Animé et très rythméBoston Symphony Orchestra 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Debussy: Nocturnes - Sirènes. Modérément animéLorna Cooke DeVaron10:43£1.49  Buy MP3 

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Terrific value, both in terms of playing time (CD 2 alone plays for more than 81 minutes) as well as artistic merit. Karajan's 1964 La Mer has long been recognised as one of the true classics of the gramophone, and Abbado's acutely atmospheric account of the Nocturnes with the Boston Symphony Orchestra is scarcely less distinguished. We stay in that city for both the gorgeous Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune (a voluptuously ecstatic performance from 1971 under the gifted young baton of Michael Tilson Thomas) and a ravishing Syrinx from the BSO's eloquent principal flute, Doriot Anthony Dwyer. And the pleasures don't end there: there's a live Estampes from the peerless Sviatoslav Richter, while the Melos Quartet of Stuttgart's version of the String Quartet can hold its own against any rival--as does a sublime, indeed inspirational rendering of the Cello Sonata from Mstislav Rostropovich with composer Benjamin Britten at the piano. By the way, it's a sobering thought to remember that the legendary Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli's crystalline, immaculately turned interpretation of the First Book of Preludes originally occupied one full-price CD on its own. In other words, if DG's selection appeals (and it certainly should), don't hesitate for a moment. --Andrew Achenbach

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best, if not the most, Debussy that money can buy. 29 Mar 2004
By A. Braid - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Clocking in at more than two-and-a-half hours of music by Debussy, this is one of the best collections of his music that money can buy. It includes definitive performances of his most popular symphonic, chamber, and solo piano works. Michelangeli, for instance, is known for, above all, his interpretations of Debussy. Gramophone magazine says of these recordings "Michelangeli subjects each note to the last refinements of shading and places it with hairsbreadth precision." Throughout their mature careers, Rostropovich and Britten were frequent collaborators in the repertory for cello and piano, including this very work. (Britten dedicated his solo cello suites to Rostropovich.) The Melos' recording of Debussy's String Quartet is among the best available. Nearly forty years after it's initial release, von Karajan's 1965 recording of La Mer with the Berlin Phil has stood the test of time, repeatedly deleted and then added back to the DG catalogue. Though only in his mid-20s when he made this Debussy Afternoon of a Faun with the BSO, M.T.T. delivers a ravashing and colorful account. And so on. An excellent addition to the collection of either a classical music beginner or one with more refined aural tastes.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection 26 July 2003
By R. J. Claster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This collection offers a very representative mixture of Debussy's works from orchestral, solo piano and chamber genres. However, I would offer two caveats. First, as to the La Mer, the Karajan performance is distinguished by the sensuous sheen he imparts to the music, but for a tarter, more idiomatically French approach, I would suggest listening to the Munch-Boston or Casadesus recordings as well. Secondly, as to the Michelangeli performance of the Book One Preludes, although impeccably played, this is a noticably deliberate and cold sounding rendition. For more warmth, flow and color, look elsewhere. Nevertheless, this set is an excellent introduction to Debussy.
5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Debussy 29 Dec 2000
By "gslarson" - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful Debussy compilation. The recordings total nearly 3 hours and give an excellent representation of Debussy's works. This is a great CD for people who do not have Debussy in their CD collection. Included in the CD are Debussy's "La Mer," "Préludes," and the masterpiece "Prélude á l'Aprés-midi d'un Faune." The CDs are perfect for putting on while taking a nap, reading, etc...
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