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Deutsche Grammophon presents internationally acclaimed conductor Myung-Whun Chung and his Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a new album. The orchestra is “a world-class ensemble” (Berliner Morgenpost) setting a new standard for orchestral music in Korea and regularly breaking records by playing for largely sold-out audiences.
The album includes Debussy’s La mer followed by two live recordings of Maurice Ravel’s Ma mère l'oye and La Valse.
La Mer: 1. De l'aube à midi sur la mer
La Mer: 2. Jeux de vagues
La Mer: 3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Ma Mère l'Oye: 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
Ma Mère l'Oye: 2. Petit Poucet
Ma Mère l'Oye: 3. Laideronnette Imperatrice Des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'Oye: 4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma Mère l'Oye: 5. Le Jardin féerique
La Valse - poème choréographique
“There's a wonderful sense of rhythmic movement and cohesion to Debussy's music, but at the expense of some detailing which I missed...on this showing of the French repertoire, at which [Chung] excels, the orchestra deserves its place on the world stage.”
13th August 2011
“The playing has precision and delicacy, showcased in the Mother Goose suite”
“The aqueous glints and flecks of colour in Debussy's La mer are attractively caught in this performance...More than that, though, the playing conveys the surging atmosphere, the fluid movement and the awe-inspiring grandeur of 'De l'aube a midi sur la mer'...The Seoul orchestra's sonority is both ripe and alert to detail, Chung's direction judging the pace and the range of dynamics in the music with a sure sense of its ebb and flow.”
21st August 2011
“in 2005 [the Seoul Philharmonic] declared its intent to reach world-class status. These three French showpieces demonstrate that, technically at least, it has attained that ambition. The playing is disciplined and beautifully blended. I am struck particularly by the beauty of the sound of the horn section.”
19th August 2011
“This programme of "symphonic sketches" by French Romantics offers a broad platform for the Seoul Philharmonic to demonstrate their impressive grasp of tone and texture...Debussy's "La Mer" is particularly well handled: highly impressionistic (a word the composer himself despised), it was cinematic before the term became commonplace”
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