Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

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Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Catalogue No:

8802043

Discs:

2

Release date:

31st Jan 2011

Barcode:

8718247710430

Medium:

CD
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Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

La Mer

Khamma

Jeux - Poème dansé


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Ernest Ansermet (1883–1969) made a series of recordings (with great producers such as Ray Minshull and others) of music by Debussy in the late 1950s and early ’60s that were second to none. Today, these interpretations are still considered a yardstick by which others are judged.

Ansermet worked closely with many of the leading composers of the day, especially Ravel and Stravinsky as he was conductor of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes from 1915 to 1923. He met Debussy in 1917 to discuss revisions to the Nocturnes, and gave what can be considered authentic performances of the composer’s works with his recently established Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Ansermet was an outspoken and forward-looking man. His recordings are famed for their clear authoritative tone, and his sensitivity and awareness in recording Debussy.

Gramophone Magazine

October 1965

“Khamma is a rarity; hardly ever performed in theatre or concert hall, this is probably its first recording.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 1985

“Truly he had to work with an orchestra whose playing was less polished and not so homogenous as more famous European groups, but the sounds he created, with the aid of the Decca engineers, have a vividness that I find compulsive … The Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune begins and closes impressively.”

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