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After discs devoted to Ravel and Poulenc (ZZT060901 & ZZT110403 - critical and popular successes, the latter measured in sales), Jos van Immerseel returns to French music, tackling Debussy and his most famous orchestral works.
This he does brilliantly well, of course, relying on historic instruments with the aim of blending a singular vision of these scores with a highly rigorous approach.
Debussy: Prelude A L'apres-midi D'un Faune
Prelude A L'apres-midi D'un Faune
Debussy: La Mer
1,De L'aube A Midi Sur La Mer
2,Jeux De Vagues
3,Dialogue Du Vent Et De La Mer
1,Rondes De Printemps
3,Iberia,A.Par Les Rues Et Par Les Chemins
B.Les Parfums De La Nuit
C.Le Matin D'un Jour De Fete
1st November 2012
“Van Immerseel's approach can seem a bit too deliberate; there's something ponderous about Prélude à l'Après-Midi...it's the orchestral Images that gains most from the brighter, rawer colours of this performance, with the myriad subtleties of Debussy's scoring more beguiling than ever.”
The Independent on Sunday
25th November 2012
“Woodwind, brass and strings are highly individuated: the solo flute is blanched in tone, the trombones broad and warm. For sound alone, it is a fascinating experiment, though van Immerseel’s tempi are somewhat indulgent.”
“[Immerseel] sees beyond the mere timbre itself and looks to the bristling impact that the music must have made when it was new...the freshness of Debussy's imagination is underlined by performances that have a strong dramatic impulse inflected with all manner of expressive subtleties that bring the music to life...Anima Eterna's disc approaches it with a compellingly rejuvenated outlook.”
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