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Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande (Opera Explained)

Thompson Smillie , David Timson , Debussy , None Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0007XRAHG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful opera in the French tradition.. 17 Feb 2013
By orth
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This is a fine aid for anyone wanting to know and understand this very beautiful opera.The narrated text also explains the way in which Pelleas and Melisande came to be written.First class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really fine introduction for a 'Pelléas' neophyte 20 April 2005
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
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This is one of the increasingly distinguished series of 'Introduction to ...' CDs that have come out on the Naxos label. And I particularly like it because not only is the narration written by Thomson Smillie smart and clear, it also is much broader than one would expect. This is not just 'the story and the music.' The text also sets the historical and cultural context in which 'Pelléas et Mélisande' came to be written, and he traces the debt he owes to Wagner, a point often glossed over. The voice-over is done by actor David Timson who not only has a sonorous reading voice but also an excellent French accent.

As with all these educational CDs the musical examples - and there are tons of them, and not just from the opera itself - are taken from the extensive Naxos back-catalog. I have not heard their full recording of 'Pelléas et Mélisande' (conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus, and featuring all French singers) but on the basis of the excerpts I think I'll have to seek it out.

Strongly recommended, even for those who think they already know 'Pelléas.'

Scott Morrison
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