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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande Great Recordings of the Century

Remastered, Box Set

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Audio CD, Box set, Original recording remastered, September 21, 1999
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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  2. Je Ne Pourrai Plus Sortir De Cette Foret - Jose Van Dam
  3. Qu'est-ce Qui Brille Ainsi, Au Fond De L'eau? - Jose Van Dam
  4. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  5. Voici Ce Qu'il Ecrit A Son Frere Pelleas: 'Un Soir, Je L'ai Trouvee' - Nadine Denize
  6. Je N'en Dis Rien - Ruggero Raimondi
  7. Grand-pere, J'ai Recu En Meme Temps Que La Lettre De Mon Frere - Ruggero Raimondi
  8. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  9. Il Fait Sombre Dans Les Jardins - Frederica Von Stade
  10. Hoe! Hisse Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! - Chor Der Deutschen Oper Berlin
  11. Vous Ne Savez Pas Ou Je Vous Ai Menee - Frederica Von Stade
  12. C'est Au Bord D'une Fontaine Aussi Qu'il Vous A Trouvee? - Frederica Von Stade
  13. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  14. Ah! Ah! Tout Va Bien, Cela Ne Sera Rien - Jose Van Dam
  15. Je Suis . . . Je Suis Malade Ici - Jose Van Dam
  16. Il Est Vrai Que Ce Chateau Est Tres Vieux Et Tres Sombre - Jose Van Dam
  17. Tiens, Ou Est L'anneau Que Je T'avis Donne? - Jose Van Dam
  18. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  19. Oui, C'est Ici, Nous Y Sommes - Frederica Von Stade

Disc: 2

  1. Mes Longs Cheveux Descendent - Frederica Von Stade
  2. Oh! Oh! Mes Cheveux Descendent De La Tour! - Frederica Von Stade
  3. Je Les Noure, Je Les Noue Aux Branches Du Saule - Jose Van Dam
  4. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  5. Prenez Garde; Par Ici, Par Ici - Jose Van Dam
  6. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  7. Ah! Je Respire Enfin! - Jose Van Dam
  8. A Propos De Melisande - Jose Van Dam
  9. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  10. Viens, Nous Allons Nous Asseoir Ici, Yniold - Jose Van Dam
  11. Ah! Ah! Petite Mere A Allume Sa Lampe - Jose Van Dam

Disc: 3

  1. Ou Vas-tu? Il Faut Que Je Te Parle Ce Soir - Frederica Von Stade
  2. Maintenant Que Le Pere De Pelleas Est Sauve - Ruggero Raimondi
  3. Pelleas Part Ce Soir - Ruggero Raimondi
  4. Une Grande Innocence - Ruggero Raimondi
  5. Interlude - Berliner Philharmoniker
  6. Oh! Cette Pierre Est Lourde - Christine Barbaux
  7. C'est Le Dernier Soir - Frederica Von Stade
  8. On Dirait Que Ta Voix A Passe Sur La Mer Au Printemps! - Frederica Von Stade
  9. Quel Est Ce Bruit? On Ferme Les Portes - Frederica Von Stade
  10. Ce N'est Pas De Cette Petite Blessure Qu'elle Peut Mourir - Ruggero Raimondi
  11. Attention; Je Crois Qu'ell S'eveille - Ruggero Raimondi
  12. Etes-vous Seul Dans La Chambre, Grand-pere? - Ruggero Raimondi
  13. Melisande, As-tu Pitie De Moi Comme J'ai Pitie De Toi? - Jose Van Dam
  14. As-tu Aime Pelleas? - Jose Van Dam
  15. Qu'avez-vous fait? Vous Allez La Tuer - Ruggero Raimondi
  16. Qu'y-a-t-il? Qu'est-ce Que Toutes Ces Femmes Viennent Faire Ici? - Ruggero Raimondi
  17. Attention . . . Attention - Ruggero Raimondi

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: 3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,094 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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