Debussy - Pélleas et Mélisande (2017)

Debussy

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle

Debussy completed only one opera, but it was quickly recognised as a masterpiece and indeed one of the great 20th-century works in the form. He took a long time, however, both to discover the right subject and to compose the piece. (...)

For all that, Pelléas is one of the most original and influential operas of its period. Its atmosphere is distinctive and indeed unique, a self-enclosed world where the characters often say one thing when they mean quite another. This sense of ambiguity is highlighted by Debussy’s complex and subtle harmony and his delicate use of orchestral colour throughout. Ironically, Maeterlinck’s play has largely disappeared from view – as if Debussy, in providing its precise musical equivalent, had left no need for it to continue to be performed. While we may regret that Debussy’s later operatic projects failed to reach completion, the one masterpiece we have has proved to be one of opera’s greatest achievements.

Programme note © George Hall

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

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Debussy - Pélleas et Mélisande (2017)

Debussy

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd (recording, editing and mastering facilities)
Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd (balance engineer, audio editor, mixing and mastering engineer) Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd (recording engineer, audio editor)
Recording location: Barbican, London, 9–10 January 2016
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Recorded live in DSD 128fs

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Acte 1, Scène 1, Une forêt - Je ne pourrai plus sortir
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Acte 1, Scène 1 - Pourquoi pleures-tu?
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Acte 1, Scène 1 - Interlude
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Acte 1, Scène 2, Un appartement dans le château - Voici ce qu'il écrit à son frère
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Acte 1, Scéne 2 - Qu'en dites-vous?
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Acte 1, Scéne 2 - Interlude
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Acte 1, Scéne 3, Devant le château - Il fait sombre dans les jardins
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Acte 1, Scene 3 - Hoe! hisse hoe!
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Acte 2, Scene 1, Une fontaine dans le parc - Vous ne savez pas ou je vous ai menee?
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Acte 2, Scene 1 - C'est au bord d'une fontaine
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Acte 2, Scene 1 - Interlude
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Acte 2, Scene 2, Un appartement dans le chateau - Ah! Ah! Tout va bien
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Acte 2, Scene 2 - Tiens, Ou est l?anneau que je t?avais donne
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Acte 2, Scene 2 - Interlude
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Acte 2, Scene 3, Devant une grotte - Oui - c'est ici nous y sommes
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Acte 3, Scene 1, Une des tours du chateau - Mes longs cheveux descendent
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Acte 3, Scene 1 - Je les tiens dans les mains
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Acte 3, Scene 1 - Que faites-vous ici?
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Acte 3, Scene 2, Les souterrains du chateau - Prenez garde, par ici
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Acte 3, Scene 3, Une terrasse au sortir des souterrains - Ah, je respire en fin!
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Acte 3, Scene 3 - Interlude
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Acte 3, Scene 4, Devant le chateau - Viens, nous allons nous asseoir ici
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Acte 3, Scene 4 - Qu'ils s'embrassent, petit pere?
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Acte 4, Scene 1, Un appartement dans le chateau - Ou vas-tu?
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Acte 4, Scene 2 - Maintenant que le père de Pelleas
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Acte 4, Scene 2 - Pelleas part ce soir
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Acte 4, Scene 2 - Ne mettez pas ainsi votre main a la gorge
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Acte 4, Scene 2 - Interlude
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Acte 4, Scene 3, Une fontaine dans le parc - Oh! Cette pierre est lourde
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Acte 4, Scene 4 - C'est le dernier soir
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Acte 4, Scene 4 - Nous sommes venus ici il y a bien longtemps
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Acte 4, Scene 4 - On dirait que ta voix
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Acte 4, Scene 4 - Quel est ce bruit?
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Acte 5, Scene 1, Une chambre dans le chateau - Ce n'est pas de cette petite blessure
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Acte 5, Scene 1 - Attention, je crois qu'elle s'eveille
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Acte 5, Scene 1 - Melisande, as-tu pitie de moi?
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Acte 5, Scene 1 - Non, non nous n'avons pas ete coupables
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Acte 5, Scene 1 - Qu'avez-vous fait?
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Acte 5, Scene 1 - Qu'y a-t-il?
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Acte 5, Scene 1 - Attention? attention!
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