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Pelleas & Milisande


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Audio CD, July 29, 1997
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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Grammofono 2000
  • ASIN: B000003UJ8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette foret' - (Golaud) (Melisande)
2. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Qu'est-ce qui brille ainsi, au fond de l'eau?' - (Golaud) (Melisande)
3. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Voici ce qu'il ecrit a son frere Pelleas' (Genevieve)
4. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Je n'en dis rien' - (Arkel) (Genevieve)
5. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Grand-pere, j'ai recu en meme temps...' - (Pelleas) (Arkel) (Genevieve)
6. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Il fait sombre dans les jardins' - (Melisande) (Genevieve) (Pelleas)
7. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 1: 'Hoe! Hisse hoe! Hoe!' - (Pelleas) (Genevieve)
8. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 2: 'Vous ne savez pas ou je vous ai menee?' - (Pelleas) (Melisande)
9. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 2: 'C'est au bord d'une fontaine...' - (Pelleas) (Melisande)
10. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 2: 'Ah! Ah! Tout ve bien, cela ne sera rien' - (Golaud) (Melisande)
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Disc: 2
1. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 3: 'Ah! Je respire enfin!' - (Pelleas) (Golaud)
2. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 3: 'Viens, nous allons nous asseoir ici, Yniold' - (Golaud) (Yniold)
3. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 3: 'Ah! Ah! Petite Mere a allume sa lampe' - (Yniold) (Golaud)
4. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'Ou vas-tu? Il faut que je te parle ce soir' - (Pelleas) (Melisande)
5. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'Maintenant que le pere de Pelleas est suave' - (Arkel) (Melisande)
6. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'Pelleas part ce soir' - (Golaud) (Arkel) (Melisande)
7. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'Apport-la' (Golaud) (Arkel) (Melisande)
8. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'Oh! Cette pierre est lourde' - (Yniold)
9. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'C'est le dernier soir...' - (Pelleas) (Melisande)
10. Pelleas And Melisande: Act 4: 'On dirai que ta voix a passe...' - (Pelleas) (Melisande)
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Editorial Reviews

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Even seasoned operaphiles may not have heard of anybody on this recording. Made in wartime France, this first, complete Pelléas et Mélisande captures brief, shining moments among performers whose postwar careers were limited (conductor Roger Desormière, for one, had a stroke in the early 1950s). Yet anyone who loves the opera must have this recording, which has an unmistakable radiance. Heard in sound quality remarkably good for the 1950s, these performers--including instrumentalists--have such confidence and spontaneity that they often seem to be making up the opera on the spot. Also, the singers in the title roles, Jacques Jansen and Irene Joachim, sound appropriately otherworldly, as few do: he with his unusually high baritone, she with her girlish voice that also has an extra, mezzoish depth. Also, their command of the language and understanding of their roles have never been bettered. --David Patrick Stearns

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2000
I must concur with Amazon's Mr. Stearns on this marvelous initial recording of Debussy's great operatic masterpiece, lovingly reissued yet again for the world to treasure.
Those who say the Maeterlinck play on which this is based is better on its own miss the point. Debussy made the Maeterlinck something else again, something independent from its source, much as Verdi and Boito accomplished in Macbeth and Falstaff. And that seems precisely what the great maitre Desormiere understood: the plotting, the scening, the text of Maeterlinck is judiciously cared for while Debussy's incomparable music is drawn in parallel.
The result of this directorial care is a dramatic masterpiece that can be sung AND acted, and is where the greatness of Joachim and Jansens shines. They were considerable artists, nearly forgotten now, probably due to their few recordings. Joachim's soprano is fresh, bright, beautifully placed in the old French manner, totally immersed in the characterization brought on by the music. Jansen was unique: the tessitura is immaculate, the placement and enunciation almost pointillistic, the response to rythmic qualities endearingly soft and tellingly Italianate in its precision. The lordly Cabanel and the rest of the cast show through characterization and musicality why they all were so famous in their time and why the Gallic tradition of which they were a part is so lamentably lost. Unlike Italy, France doesn't produce singers any longer (too much Disney, Microsoft and fast foods?)and only in Jean Fournet's commendable 1955 account of the opera do we get anything approaching this kind of ensemble performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maike on February 28, 2005
This version of the Pelleas is actually the first one I ever heard: copied from the vinyl disks on a cassette tape and listened to on my walkman again and again, and now, having my own copy on cd, I consider it as one of my most precious pieces of music. And, I must admit, having heard some 5 other versions in the years, it remains the best until now.

The limitations caused by the 40's audio technology are completely drowned in the fascinating, otherwordly atmosphere that this recording seems to breathe from beginning to end. I'm not a regular opera critic, so I may not have the vocabulary to exactly describe the qualities that make this Pelleas a masterpiece. Besides that, I'm maybe more a Debussy fan than a real opera fan - this opera is actually the only one that I regularly listen to - and therefore this piece is maybe a mixture of a review of the original work, as well as of this particular recording of it... I can only say that this music, these voices have the ability to somehow reach into the depths of my mind and envision a world of sadness, beauty and drama that brings me to tears time and time again.

This is really a gem!
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