Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 4 left in stock.
Sold by livingroom conductor and Fulfilled by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Debussy: Pelléas e... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by student.life
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: /COMPLETE SET. Original discs, case & artwork. Discs have few scratches but play well. Case shows obvious wear. LIBRARY WITHDRAWN w/ usual stamps and seals. Ship from Colorado or California within 1 business day.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.50
Learn More
Trade in now
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$36.12
& FREE Shipping. Details
Sold by: Orange Biscuit Books
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Great Recordings of the Century)
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (Great Recordings of the Century) Box set, Original recording remastered


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, September 21, 1999
"Please retry"
$28.95
$28.37 $6.12
$28.95 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 4 left in stock. Sold by livingroom conductor and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

The payoff to Herbert von Karajan's relentless pursuit of ensemble perfection and beauty of sound can be heard in the playing of the Berlin Philharmonic on this recording: by 1978, when it was made, they were indisputably the most polished and flexible orchestra in Europe, and one of the few orchestras anywhere (including France) that was capable of playing French music with real authority. Fittingly, the orchestra is very much at the center of this account of Claude Debussy's uniquely beautiful opera, magnificently projecting the mysterious, darkly translucent world of its fatally entangled characters. The cast, which is led by two Americans--Richard Stilwell as Pelléas and the incomparable Frederica von Stade as Mélisande --and features a Belgian (José van Dam) as Golaud and an Italian (Ruggero Raimondi) as Arkel, is a superb one, not least because those principals who are not French are nonetheless Francophones, and sing with excellent diction and an authentic delivery. Karajan's pacing of the drama, his skill at eliciting just the right intensity from the orchestra, his surpassing gentleness with the singers (balances are superb and every word comes through clearly), and the overall beauty of the orchestral playing make this not only the finest account of Pelléas et Mélisande yet recorded, but one of the most treasurable opera recordings ever, fully worthy of EMI's Great Recordings of the Century designation. --Ted Libbey

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene One: IntroductionBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette forêt (Golaud/Mélisande)Frederica von Stade/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene One: Qu'est-ce qui brille ainsi, au fond de l'eau? (Golaud/Mélisande)Frederica von Stade/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene One: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère Pelléas: un soir, je l'ai trouvée (Geneviève)Nadine Denize/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Je n'en dis rien (Arkel/Geneviève)Ruggero Raimondi/Nadine Denize/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: Grand-père, j'ai reçu en même temps que la lettre de mon frère (Pelléas/Arkel/Geneviève)Nadine Denize/Ruggero Raimondi/Richard Stilwell/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene Two: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Il fait sombre dans les jardins (Mélisande/Geneviève/Pelléas)Frederica von Stade/Nadine Denize/Richard Stilwell/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act I, Scene Three: Hoé! Hisse hoé! Hoé! Hoé! (Choer/Mélisande/Pelléas/Geneviève)Frederica von Stade/Richard Stilwell/Nadine Denize/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene One: Vous ne savez pas où je vous ai menée? (Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene One: C'est au bord d'une fontaine aussi qu'l vous a trouvée? (Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene One: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Ah! Ah! Tout va bien, cela ne sera rien (Golaud/Mélisande)José Van Dam/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Je suis....je suis malade ici (Mélisande/Golaud)Frederica von Stade/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Il est vrai que (Golaud/Mélisande)José Van Dam/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: Tiens, où est l'anneau que je t'avais donné? (Golaud/Mélisande)José Van Dam/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene Two: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act II, Scene Three: Oui, c'est ici, nous y sommes (Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Mes longs cheveux descendent (Mélisande/Pelléas)Frederica von Stade/Richard Stilwell/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Oh! Oh! Mes cheveux descendent de la tour! (Mélisande/Pelléas)Frederica von Stade/Richard Stilwell/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene One: Je les noue, je les noue aux branches du saule (Pelléas/Mélisande/Golaud)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene One: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Two: Prenez garde; par ici, par ici (Golaud/Pelléas)José Van Dam/Richard Stilwell/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Two: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Three: Ah! Je respire enfin! (Pelléas/Golaud)Richard Stilwell/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Three: A propos de Mélisande (Pelléas/Golaud)Richard Stilwell/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Three: (Interlude)Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Four: Viens, nous allons nous asseoir ici, Yniold (Golaud/Yniold)José Van Dam/Christine Barbaux/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act III, Scene Four: Ah! Ah! Petite mère a allumé sa lampe (Yniold/Golaud)Christine Barbaux/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene One: Où vas-tu? Il faut que je te parle ce soir (Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Maintenant que le père de Pelléas est sauvé et que la maladie (Arkel/Mélisande)Ruggero Raimondi/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Pelléas part ce soir (Golaud/Arkel/Mélisande)José Van Dam/Ruggero Raimondi/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: Un grande innocence (Golaud/Arkel/Mélisande)José Van Dam/Ruggero Raimondi/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Two: InterludeBerliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Three: Oh! Cette pierre est lourde...(Yniold/Le berger)Christine Barbaux/Pascal Thomas/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Four: C'est le dernier soir...(Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Four: On dirait que ta voix a passé sur la mer au printemps! (Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act IV, Scene Four: Quel est ce bruit? On ferme le portes (Pelléas/Mélisande)Richard Stilwell/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Ce n'est pas de cette petite blessure qu'elle peut mourir (Le médecin/Arkel/Golaud)Pascal Thomas/Frederica von Stade/Ruggero Raimondi/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Attention: je crois... (Le médecin/Mélisande/Arkel)Pascal Thomas/Frederica von Stade/Ruggero Raimondi/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Etes-vous seul dans...(Mélisande/Arkel/Golaud)Frederica von Stade/Ruggero Raimondi/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Mélisande, as tu...(Golaud/Mélisande)José Van Dam/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: As-tu aim Pelléas (Mélisande/Golaud)Frederica von Stade/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Qu'avez-vous fait? Vous allez la tuer (Arkel/Golaud/Mélisande)Ruggero Raimondi/José Van Dam/Frederica von Stade/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Qu'y-a-t'il? Qu'est-ce que toutes ces femmes viennent faire ici? (Golaud/Le médecin/Arkel)José Van Dam/Pascal Thomas/Ruggero Raimondi/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Pelléas et Mélisande (1999 - Remaster), Act V, Scene: Attention....attention (Arkel/Le médecin)Ruggero Raimondi/Pascal Thomas/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Frederica von Stade, Richard Stilwell, José van Dam, Ruggero Raimondi, Nadine Denize, et al.
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000K4FN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Herbert von Karajan Store

Music

Image of album by Herbert von Karajan

Photos

Image of Herbert von Karajan

Videos

Karajan: 1980s Box Set

Biography

Herbert von Karajan – A Chronology
1908 Born in Salzburg on April 5. The Karajan family originally came from Macedonia in Northern Greece and bore the name Karajannis. Herbert von Karajan’s great-great-grand¬father emigrated to Saxony but eventually settled as a merchant in Vienna. For his services in the furtherance of trade and industry, Frederick Augustus, Elector of ... Read more in Amazon's Herbert von Karajan Store

Visit Amazon's Herbert von Karajan Store
for 1103 albums, 9 photos, 5 videos, discussions, and more.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Fernandez Fernandez on November 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What makes the difference between Karajan and other german conductors up to his generation (and even younger), is their attitude towards non-german repertoire. Furtwängler, Knappertsbusch, Böhm, Klemperer, etc. made their reputations conducting german (or german-like) music. For them, 'german' was sinonimous to 'profound', and had a curious custom to point out the greater 'quality' of a work by slowing its tempo as an indicative of this quality. Listen to Klemperer's 'Matthäus Passion', Böhm's Mozart's Requiem or Beethoven's Ninth, Furtwängler's 'Tristan' or Kna's 'Parsifal'. Of course all the above mentioned works are german.
Karajan was the first to change this attitude. In the sixties he made vigorous and fast-paced recordings of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, etc. (only Wagner remained an exception, at least in terms of tempo) and approached italian, russian, french and other repertoires with the seriousness that was reserved to german masterpieces up to that time. As an example, he was the first to play Italian Opera from Verdi to Puccini from the orchestra and the score, not from the voices.
It's no chance that he applied slow tempi to this non-german repertoire (even his Cav and Pag!), as to underline that he wanted to do it with the seriousness reserved until that moment to Deutsche Requiems, Fifths and Ninths and so on. This is the case of this 'Pélleas', the first recording of this opera to be conducted by a non-french conductor.
From my point of view, this recording is one of the best ever made by Karajan, and a sign of real genious. He makes sound this music different as heard before (darker, calmer, heavier, ominous...), as if some treasure had remained undiscovered for years and years.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is an incredibly dark, rich and moving interpretation of the Debussy masterpiece Pelleas et Melisande. Karajan sees the opera through a Wagner filter with the orchestra playing a powerful role in the drama. Von Stade, Stilwell and especially Van Dam are wonderful in their roles as Melisande, Pelleas and Golaud respectively. This might not be a really French way to approach this most French of creations, but this recording is definitely one of the finest Pelleas and Melisande recordings around.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's a pleasure to meet one of the true Great Recordings of the Century. It's also fortunate that the Amazon reviewer so carefuly describes the virtues of this exquisite, in some ways unsurpassed reading of Pelleas et Melisande. Karajan had already displayed his gifts as a Debussy conductor before 1978, but this opera is much harder to bring off than, say, the La Mer or Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Inspired by Wagner, Debussy created a unique Pelleas world that is as distinctive as the Tristan world, though perhaps its total opposite.

Karajan manages to draw us into this singular world with total involvement. The Berlin Phil. plays with more richness and sonority than any of the French orchestras to be heard in Pelleas--let's be frank, there was never a Parisian orchestra, then or now, that could hold a candle to the Berliners. The principal singers--Stilwell, von Stade, and Van Dam--have enough dramatic weight to stand up to Karajan's all-encompassing orchestral sound, which says a lot. One could argue that Van Dam and von Stade are the greatest modern exponents of Golaud and Melisande--the young von Stade's voice is blessedly free of the fast beat that came to mar it later on. This is not to take away from Stilwell's ardent Pelleas; I particularly like the fact that his baritone inclines toward the tenor range.

In sum, if you are a lover of this enigmatic and elusive opera, Karajan's EMI set, always a good-sounding recording but now even better in its latest remastering, is a must-listen.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on July 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
.
We have a new winner in the Best Pelléas category: Karajan/BPO's studio reading from 1978. This was Karajan's third time out with Debussy's magnum opus, and the Viennese conductor with his mastery of Wagner and Schoenberg perfectly captures Debussy/Maeterlinck's Symbolist masterpiece.

Maeterlinck was and remains an unique and important poetic/literary/theatrical innovator in the categories of Symbolism and proto-Surrealism. One must appreciate just how avant-garde his work was at the Fin de Siècle. Even now his work retains its interest because of his abstraction of the human condition into a disoriented or dreamlike state. At its most basic, the interest of Pelléas et Mélisande is the human dilemma of a woman's love for a man. Maeterlinck's synthesis of connotative and denotative language distilled into elliptical phraseology continues to fascinate. He was, of course, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1911.

Till now thought Abbado/VPO's realization (sadly out of print) couldn't be surpassed Debussy - Pelléas et Mélisande / M. Ewing · Le Roux · van Dam · Courtis · Ludwig · Wiener Phil. · Abbado . And since Karajan's leave-taking, Abbado virtually ties with Boulez as Earth's greatest conductor--(even Boulez probably couldn't surpass Abbado's Wozzeck Alban Berg: Wozzeck (Opera in 3 Acts) - Franz Grundheber / Hildegard Behrens / Wiener Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado ).

As for other critique, Ted Libby (on item site page) says it all.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category


Want to discover more products? You may find many from best of thomas box set shopping list.