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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande - Rattle

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande - Rattle

LSO Live  LSO0790 (4 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Opera


Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Magdalena Kožená (Melisande)
Christian Gerhaher (Pelléas)
Gerald Finley (Golaud)
Bernarda Fink (Genevieve)
Franz-Josef Selig (Arkel)
Joshua Bloom (The Doctor, The Shepherd)
Elias Madlër (Yniold)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)


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. Supported by the London Symphony Chorus, prepared by renowned choral director Simon Halsey, it is a moving statement of intent for Rattle’s tenure as LSO Music Director.

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.

Debussy himself explained the appeal of the work: ‘The drama of Pelléas which, despite its dream like atmosphere, contains far more humanity than those so-called “real life documents”, seemed to suit my intentions admirably. In it there is an evocative language whose sensitivity could be extended into music and into the orchestral backcloth.’

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Comment by Luketsu - September 11, 2017 (1 of 4)

For those who have expected more for 2017:

"I'm afraid that Pelléas is the final new release on LSO Live for 2017. However, we have a very exciting year of releases ahead in 2018. Keep an eye on our website to see news when it's available. Best wishes, Tom". [Thomas Rozwadowski, LSO Live Production and Marketing Coordinator, London Symphony Orchestra]

Comment by hiredfox - September 17, 2017 (2 of 4)

It has been a year of transition at the LSO as SSR settled into his new role and bade his fond farewells to 'his' Berliners whilst VG was hustled out the back door. One or two of the live concerts during the interregnum have been recorded notably the highly successful Mendelssohn survey and now this one from SSR.

Comment by Luketsu - September 17, 2017 (3 of 4)

One of the upcoming Rattle releases will be Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, recorded live at Barbican on Sunday 17 September, 2017. LSO streamed the concert on YouTube but I was able to watch just the last 20 minutes. According to them the performance was terrific and the acoustics of the hall seemed to be even better than usual. The off stage trumpets and timpani [at the end of Marguerite's aria] were thrilling, even in stereo, and hopefully the engineers captured them for the rear speakers.

So, watch out for the first Faust recorded in full 6-channel surround sound using the very latest high density recording technology! As far as I know this will replace Sir Colin Davis's early release. Thumbs up for LSO Live!

Comment by ubertrout - September 24, 2017 (4 of 4)

Re Damnation of Faust, the reference now is the Ozawa SACD more than the Davis one. Will be a high bar, but I'm open to being convinced.

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