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Debussy: La Mer, Jeux, Prélude à l après-midi d un faune (LSO/Gergiev) [Hybrid SACD]

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  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B004P5C7IO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Mer - London Symphony Orchestra
2. Jeux - London Symphony Orchestra
3. Prelude a L'apres-midi D'un Faune - London Symphony Orchestra

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**** 'When Gergiev conducted this performance of the Prélude 12 months ago at the Barbican, I described it as a luscious mirage of pointilliste detail .The recording captures its mesmerising force, its atmospheric languor and exceptional beauty. La mer and Jeux are scarcely less exalted, suggesting Gergiev s partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra still has honeymoon qualities Financial Times (UK) Gergiev whips up the opening storm [La mer] into quite a frenzy, while the closing pages generate thrilling momentum and lashings of elemental excitement ... The LSO respond with 100 per cent commitment [Jeux] ... there s no missing the communicative ardour and narrative flair which inform Gergiev s conducting --Gramophone (UK)

Performance **** Recording ***** the brass entries in the climaxes to the first and last movements of La mer have rarely sounded so good on disc: superlative SACD recording --BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Jeux turns out to be Valery Gergiev s game, set and match. The ambiguity and transience of the music are captured with fleet-footed energy, wit and real piquancy --International Record Review (UK)

Principal flutist Gareth Davies is enchanting in every moment of the long flute solos. The clear and spacious SACD recording reveals beautiful layers of detail in the music...Gergiev brings a real sense of mystery and raw energy to the finale that is fresh and exhilarating...This is my new favorite La Mer --American Record Guide (US)

**** If someone asked me to recommend a recording of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, I would point them to this. Gergiev plays on color and atmosphere to achieve a calm tension, a rare degree of sensuality. What a beautiful picture! --Pizzicato (France)

Excelente --Scherzo (Spain)

**** If someone asked me to recommend a recording of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, I would point them to this. Gergiev plays on color and atmosphere to achieve a calm tension, a rare degree of sensuality. What a beautiful picture! --Pizzicato (France)

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LSO 0692; LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Debussy 9 Jun 2011
By tmoklc
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Claude Debussy influenced the music of many composers in the 20th Century and it is often said that his influential Prelude marked the birth of modern music. Other delights on this recording include La mer, where the music depicts the ocean through three colourful movements and is notable for its original orchestration. The quality of this LSO recording of Debussy masterpieces is remarkable. I can think of no better way to spend an hour than to listen to Gergiev and the LSO champion the music of one of the greatest composers. Outstanding in every respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La mer, extrodinaire! 1 Dec 2013
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Always a favorite. Debussy La Mer is so relaxing and yet conjures images of the sea. This rendition does not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant recording of celebrated works 9 Jun 2011
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Debussy is one of the world's best-loved composers. His 'Prelude' is recognized the world over and evokes summertime bliss. In this recording Gergiev ponders over the notes, teasing us with the musical delights and building up the romance of the work to a climactic ending. The rest of the album balances out perfectly with the 'Prelude' and you can almost taste the salt water in 'La mer'. It's brilliantly recorded and even the quietest notes are heard. A wonderful interpretation and one of the best recordings i've heard in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Debussy recordings in years 12 April 2011
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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It's safe to say that no Russian conductor from the past made an impression with Debussy, even though the Paris-Moscow axis had a huge influence on modern art (in ballet, painting, theater). Gergiev would seem to be making a stealthy approach to Debussy's two most famous orchestral works, but in fact he has widely performed both the Afternoon of a Faun and La mer. One of this great conductor's strengths is in the shaping of quiet, nuanced music, and his version of Faun is the most delicate I've ever heard, superbly balanced on the verge of tremulousness. The opening flute solo approaches from the shadows, and although the eroticism of the faun doesn't appear, Debussy's magical orchestration is given full play - delicious. There is more warmth than in Boulez's two accounts, so as famous as they are, I would call this new one my favorite among modern recordings.

It's now customary to play La mer as an orchestral showpiece in the same league as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra. I've heard James Levine lead the BSO in a thrilling reading that put even Munch in the shade. Gergiev takes a different tack, focusing, as in Faun, on the gossamer orchestration of the atmospheric sections, to the point that some listeners may miss the expected drama of the sea in turmoil. He's not fussy or cautious (charges that could be leveled against Michael Tilson Thomas and Esa-Pekka Salonen in this music), but we're some distance from Karajan's famous account with its blazing virtuosity. Limited to fewer big surges, the LSO plays with such variety and color that I heard La mer with fresh ears, transported into the heart of the orchestra through intimacy. As a balancing act between drama and impressionism, I found this an engrossing reading and remarkable proof of Gergiev's rapport with his orchestra, five years into their partnership. A haunting experience.

For the general audience, Jeux has been a problem child among Debussy's major orchestral works, being diffuse, unmelodic, and harmonically elusive. The Nijinsky ballet for which it was written centered (improbably) on a game of tennis, but don't expect competitive thrills or playfulness - Jeux is almost an abstract study in textures. The only previous recording that fully captured my attention was by Lorin Maazel (on RCA/BMG), displaying his full command of orchestral technique. My usual experience is that Debussy's final orchestral work lasts a long 18 minutes. Gergiev's approach is intriguing in that he accents the score as if it were the Firebird, bringing out sharp colors and eerie atmosphere. Among the variable recordings engineered in the Barbican, this one is detailed and clear, so one hears the fine sewing that Debussy knits together. There is more drama, more rise and fall than in Haitink's widely admired, and excellent version. I must admit that without quite getting Jeux, I stayed the course with pleasure. Gergiev's evident enthusiasm carried me along.

For some reason I haven't read any raves for this CD, perhaps because Gergiev is taken granted as the workaholic among conductors - no one else produces recordings at this rate nowadays. But no one who loves Debussy should consider this just another La mer and Afternoon of a Faun. There is much more to listen to and be fascinated by.
3.0 out of 5 stars Debussy Overdone! 9 Aug 2014
By T. E. Layman - Published on
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I would have liked to give this a better number of stars, because I do think Gergiev is a fantastic conductor. But the recording of these pieces just is too, too loud! The fff and ffffs come at you like rogue waves, and are well too loud for the surrounding sound and are too violent. I thought maybe it was listening in 2.0 (called Stereo by us old geeks), but in listening to it in 5.1 surround with very good speaker I came to the same conclusion. Just over-whelming. In the majority of the La Mer the gentle sounds are gorgeous and beautifully played. There just isn't too much that one can do to interpret except to play loudly and aggressively, and unfortunately that's wha Gergiev (or the engineers) seem to have opted for. There are many many better recordings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 22 Dec 2011
By Timothy A. Evans - Published on
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Do not waste your time on this recording. It is not that involving or idiomatic. The recording is quite good for a live Barbican performance. I came to Gergiev thinking he had quite a reputation, but after listening to a bunch of his Mahler recordings and now this, I am disappointed. He appears to be picking repertoire that does not suit him well. There are many, many great recordings of these pieces, try Karajan from the 1960's on DG or Haitink from the 70's on Phillips(Universal)
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