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Opera - Verschenen op 3 september 2021 | Alpha Classics

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The Covid pandemic caused the cancellation of the performances of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, which approached Alpha in order to make an audio recording of this masterpiece. So here is that unexpected but highly anticipated new version, with an exceptional cast and a young conductor, Pierre Dumoussaud, whose calling card it is fast becoming, since he has already conducted it in many houses. "His conducting calls for nothing but praise, striking a fine balance between analytical clarity and theatrical life, while at the same time bringing out the extraordinary modernity of this intoxicating music", wrote Christian Merlin in Le Figaro of one of his staged performances. The "disarming sincerity" of Pelléas (Stanislas de Barbeyrac), the "constant emotion" of Mélisande (Chiara Skerath), the "bitingly intense singing" of Golaud (Alexandre Duhamel) – these are some of the comments elicited by the 2018 performances in the staging of Philippe Béziat and Florent Siaud, the intended revival of which this year was prevented by the health emergency. The album cover features a photo from that memorable production. © Alpha Classics
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Kamermuziek - Verschenen op 10 december 2020 | Danacord Records

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Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen comprises four experienced chamber, solo and orchestral musicians: violinist Malin William-Olsson, cellist Carl-Oscar Østerlind, pianist Kristoffer Hyldigand clarinetist Viktor Wennesz. Formed in January 2018, the quartet has already become established as a vibrant and versatile group, regularly broadcasting on Danish Radio P2 and collaborating with internationally recognized musicians such as violinists Ray Chen and Carolin Widmann. Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen has performed at many festivals throughout Denmark and Sweden and completed a critically-acclaimed tour of Sweden organized by “Musik i Syd” in January 2020. © Danacord
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 18 november 2014 | Ligia

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These discs comprise the first complete recording to include all of Debussy’s settings of the same text. Also included here are a number of songs that have only recently been discovered. What is proposed is a promenade that unfolds chronologically, from the very first youthful mélodie to be preserved to the very last song that he composed, on a text of his own, set down in the midst of the Great War by a composer exhausted and decimated by the rectal cancer that would lead to his death in 1918. In all, 101 titles spread over four CDs — forty-two more, that is, than the most recent “complete edition” of the songs issued on three CDs by EMI in the nineteen-eighties. Five French singers were selected both in order to vary the colors of the individual works and in order to respect the tessituras they require. The booklet with the recording includes an historical essay by Denis Herlin, one of world’s leading Debussy scholars, an essay on the mélodies by the celebrated baritone François Le Roux, and a note by the pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer concerning Debussy’s Blüthner piano, which is featured on this recording. The sung texts are here included in their entirety. (Ligia official text)
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 2005 | TransArt Live

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 23 maart 2018 | Musica Viva

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 16 februari 2018 | Arcana

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 13 februari 2020 | Protunes

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 september 2003 | Warner Classics International

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1991 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 mei 2012 | ECM New Series

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Alexei Lubimov's 2012 album of Claude Debussy's Préludes for piano is a generous offering, for in addition to presenting Books I and II complete on two discs, it also includes transcriptions for two pianos of the Trois Nocturnes and the Prélude à l'après-midi d'une faune. ECM New Series is best known for its polished releases of contemporary music, though the label has increased its catalog of early modern music, and this package is a fine addition. Lubimov plays with refinement and control in his solo performances, and his palette of tone colors is varied, with a nuanced touch and subtle shadings of phrases. The feeling Lubimov communicates is close to reverie, though the music always has shape and never becomes loose or merely atmospheric. In the transcription performances where Lubimov teams up with Alexei Zuev, there is a bolder, more direct handling of the music, perhaps in recognition of the original orchestral sound, but also because the thickened textures of two pianos admit less delicacy. The reproduction is clean and resonant, so notes are clearly captured despite the abundance of pedaling and the blurred effects so often found in Debussy. © TiVo
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 2000 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 5 december 1995 | Sony Classical

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 mei 2012 | ECM New Series

Alexei Lubimov's 2012 album of Claude Debussy's Préludes for piano is a generous offering, for in addition to presenting Books I and II complete on two discs, it also includes transcriptions for two pianos of the Trois Nocturnes and the Prélude à l'après-midi d'une faune. ECM New Series is best known for its polished releases of contemporary music, though the label has increased its catalog of early modern music, and this package is a fine addition. Lubimov plays with refinement and control in his solo performances, and his palette of tone colors is varied, with a nuanced touch and subtle shadings of phrases. The feeling Lubimov communicates is close to reverie, though the music always has shape and never becomes loose or merely atmospheric. In the transcription performances where Lubimov teams up with Alexei Zuev, there is a bolder, more direct handling of the music, perhaps in recognition of the original orchestral sound, but also because the thickened textures of two pianos admit less delicacy. The reproduction is clean and resonant, so notes are clearly captured despite the abundance of pedaling and the blurred effects so often found in Debussy. © TiVo
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 1 januari 1970 | Masterworks

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Klassiek - Verschenen op 14 mei 2012 | ECM New Series

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Alexei Lubimov's 2012 album of Claude Debussy's Préludes for piano is a generous offering, for in addition to presenting Books I and II complete on two discs, it also includes transcriptions for two pianos of the Trois Nocturnes and the Prélude à l'après-midi d'une faune. ECM New Series is best known for its polished releases of contemporary music, though the label has increased its catalog of early modern music, and this package is a fine addition. Lubimov plays with refinement and control in his solo performances, and his palette of tone colors is varied, with a nuanced touch and subtle shadings of phrases. The feeling Lubimov communicates is close to reverie, though the music always has shape and never becomes loose or merely atmospheric. In the transcription performances where Lubimov teams up with Alexei Zuev, there is a bolder, more direct handling of the music, perhaps in recognition of the original orchestral sound, but also because the thickened textures of two pianos admit less delicacy. The reproduction is clean and resonant, so notes are clearly captured despite the abundance of pedaling and the blurred effects so often found in Debussy. © TiVo
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 24 augustus 2018 | harmonia mundi

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This fine album centred on Debussy, entitled, Harmonie du soir (it is now the fashion to give classical releases titles of their own) presents a bouquet of melodies mostly dedicated to the nocturnes of which Debussy was so fond. It has a romantic opening, with the Nocturnes by John Field, and then by Chopin and Fauré.The programme is a delight for the ears , with a certain, rather precious, "je ne sais quoi" alongside the consummate articulation and diction offered by both Sophie Karthäuser and Stéphane Degout, two artists at the dazzling height of their maturity. The evocative, tender, liquid piano of both Alan Planès and Eugène Asti also provides an air of great expansiveness.The melodies emerge very subtly, helped along by performers who possess a deep knowledge of the unique world of French mélodie which Debussy renewed with the novelty of his harmonies and an often-demanding choice of lyrics, from Baudelaire or Mallarmé. This is yet another fantastic contribution from the harmonia mundi team to the year of Debussy. © François Hudry/Qobuz