Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande [download]
Release date: 6th October
LSO0790 | 822231179023
3 SACD Hybrid + Pure Audio Blu-ray | Digibox with carton sleeves
Notes in En, Fr, Ge | French libretto with En translation | TBCpp booklet
SACD incl. 2.0 stereo | multi-channel 5.1
Blu-ray incl. 5.1 DTS -HD MA & 2.0 LPCM 24bit 192kHz | w. menu screen & mShuttle downloadable content
Total playing time: approx. 158m
James Mallinson: producer
Classic Sound Ltd: engineering, editing, mixing & mastering
Recorded live in DSD128fs at the Barbican Hall, 9-10th January 2016
**** ‘[This release] is a credit to the LSO’s own record label… Gerald Finley’s composed yet menacing Golaud is superb, and to have Bernarda Fink and Franz-Josef Selig as Geneviève and Arkel is real luxury casting. Under Rattle’s leadership the orchestra is a true protagonist in the drama.’
**** ‘Gerald Finley’s [Golaud is exemplary], and Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená bring character to Pelléas and Mélisande.’
‘[Sir Simon’s] stewardship is key to the success of this reading… Finley’s Golaud is an outstanding achievement… The orchestral playing is excellent, the recording clear and immersive.’
BBC Radio 3 Record Review
‘A confirmation of Britain’s blissful affinity with French romanticism.’
‘The world of Pelléas et Mélisande is one I would gladly settle in… stunning, hypnotic and beautiful. ’
‘Rattle’s interpretation of Debussy’s dark, alluring opera is one of the tightest and most haunting… Magdalena Kožená and Christian Gerhaher are simply ideal cast in the title roles.’
***** ‘Watch out for the live recording on LSO Live!’
***** ‘Rattle’s relationship with this score is a long one, and it unfolds here in spontaneous, giddy arcs...picked out in gilded detail by the musicians of the LSO.’
The Arts Desk
**** ‘Irresistible...the performance was being recorded for LSO Live. I shall be first in the queue to buy it!’
**** ‘Roll on the recording!’
**** ‘Rattle’s moving statement of intent. Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars go headstrong into a bright future with the London Symphony Orchestra.’
**** ‘Rattle draws shimmering beauty from the forest.’
‘Rattle’s conducting was immaculate... the performance has made me think about the work again, wondering how far I should prod that glorious surface to see what lies beneath.’
Sir Simon Rattle,
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle leads an all-star cast in this highly anticipated new recording of Debussy’s evocative opera Pelléas et Mélisande. It was captured in January 2016 during performances of an innovative collaboration between Rattle and Peter Sellars, two of the boldest creative minds in music and theatre today.
The plot, a love triangle between Prince Golaud, his wife Mélisande and his brother Pelléas, is shrouded in mystery and full of gripping twists and emotion-filled turns, ultimately ending in Pelléas’ untimely death. The sensuous score contains some of Debussy’s most exquisite music and perfectly crystalises the atmosphere of Maeterlinck’s original play.
|Conductor||Sir Simon Rattle|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra,
London Symphony Chorus
Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher, Gerald Finley, Bernarda Fink, Franz-Josef Selig, Joshua Bloom, Elias Madlër
2. Acte 1, Scène 1 - "Pourquoi pleures-toi?"
3. Acte 1, Scène 1 - Interlude
4. Acte 1, Scène 2, Un appartement dans le château - "Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère"
5. Acte 1, Scène 2 - "Qu'en dites-vous?"
6. Acte 1, Scène 2 - Interlude
7. Acte 1, Scène 3, Devant le château - "Il fait sombre dans les jardins"
8. Acte 1, Scène 3 - "Hoé hisse Hoé!"