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Debussy : The Edgar Allan Poe Operas

Göttinger Symphonie Orch., Christoph-Mathias Mueller

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The listener may be forgiven for not knowing that any Debussy "Edgar Allan Poe Operas" existed, for neither of the works recorded here was ever completed. Moreover, and you don't learn this unless you read the notes or have investigated for yourself, one of them was hardly begun. After the success of Pelléas et Mélisande in New York, Debussy was encouraged to adapt a pair of Poe's short stories for a new American production. Debussy needed little encouragement and quickly produced a pair of scenarios, but other projects intervened, and the operas were never finished. The more complete one is La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher), for which there are substantial sketches and several full realizations including the one here by "creative musicologist" Robert Orledge. Le diable dans le beffroi is almost entirely Orledge's work, and he seems to have diverged substantially from what Debussy planned (he has solo voices where Debussy apparently intended a choral work). This puts the whole project here firmly in the speculative realm, especially inasmuch as the operas seem to have been planned as a kind of pair, with Le diable dans le beffroi as the comic counterpart to the familiar moody tale of the House of Usher. But the music, especially in the Usher work (the patchwork of parody and quotation Orledge puts together for Le diable makes the question of whether it's Debussyan less relevant), sounds like Debussy, and although the graphics credit only the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester under Christoph-Matias Mueller, there are some fine solo singers here, most of all William Dazeley as Roderick Usher. Sample the climactic final tracks of this opera for the effect. Those interested in how Debussy saw Poe, as manifested in his adaptations, will be pleased to find complete texts in English, French, and German in the booklet (Debussy worked from Baudelaire's translations). Recommended for Debussy buffs.
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La chûte de la maison Usher, L. 112 (Completed & Orchestrated by R. Orledge) (Claude Debussy)

1
Prélude
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
00:01:14

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Scene 1 : Dans la plus verte… (Lady Madeline)
Lin Lin Fan
00:02:49

Lin Lin Fan, Soprano (Lady Madeline) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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3
Scene 1 : Qui êtes-vous?… (Le Médecin, L'ami)
Virgil Hartinger
00:01:56

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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4
Scene 1 : Cet homme est le dernier… (Le Médecin, L'ami)
Virgil Hartinger
00:01:50

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Scene 1 : Et sa sœur… (L'ami, Le Médecin)
Eugene Villanueva
00:02:52

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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6
Scene 1 : Ah ! Pourquoi ne veut elle pas… (Le Médecin, L'ami)
Virgil Hartinger
00:00:36

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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7
Scene 2 : Madeline… (Roderick)
William Dazeley
00:02:37

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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8
Scene 2 : Vieilles pierres… (Roderick)
William Dazeley
00:03:31

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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9
Scene 2 : Ah ! J'ai soif de vivre… (Roderick)
William Dazeley
00:02:34

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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10
Scene 2 : Serait-ce toi… (Roderick)
William Dazeley
00:02:46

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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11
Scene 2 : Ne vous effrayez pas… (Le Médecin, L'ami, Roderick)
Virgil Hartinger
00:01:44

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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12
Scene 2 : Des flambeaux… (Roderick, L'ami)
William Dazeley
00:03:19

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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13
Scene 2 : Voyons, Roderick… (L'ami, Roderick)
Eugene Villanueva
00:02:14

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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14
Scene 2 : Les vieilles pierres étincelaient… (Roderick, L'ami)
William Dazeley
00:04:13

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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15
Scene 2 : Roderick! Roderick!… (L'ami, Roderick, Le Médecin)
Virgil Hartinger
00:05:05

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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16
Scene 2 : Laissez-moi vous donner un conseil (Le Médecin, L'ami)
Virgil Hartinger
00:01:39

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Le médecin) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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17
Scene 2 : Dans la plus verte de nos vallées… (Roderick, L'ami)
William Dazeley
00:02:42

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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18
Scene 2 : Je sais qu'elle est trop frêle… (Roderick, L'ami)
William Dazeley
00:01:17

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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19
Scene 2 : Tenez, j'ai trouvé cet antique… (Roderick, L'ami)
William Dazeley
00:02:02

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Scene 2 : Mais craignant la tempête… (L'ami, Roderick)
Eugene Villanueva
00:01:35

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (L'ami) - William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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21
Scene 2 : Vous n'entendez pas ?… (Roderick)
William Dazeley
00:01:21

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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22
Scene 2 : La voyez-vous ?… (Roderick)
William Dazeley
00:01:47

William Dazeley, Baritone (Roderick) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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DISC 2

Le diable dans le beffroi, L. 101 (Completed & Orchestrated by R. Orledge) (Claude Debussy)

1
Prélude
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
00:00:41

Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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2
Tableau 1 Ahem !… (Bourgmestre)
Eugene Villanueva
00:01:19

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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3
Tableau 1 : Savez-vous planter… (Children's Chorus)
Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen
00:01:17

Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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4
Tableau 1 : Valse des tulipes
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
00:00:51

Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Tableau 1 : Polka
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
00:01:09

Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Tableau 1 : Ah, Jeannette… (Bourgmestre, Jeannette)
Lin Lin Fan
00:01:11

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Lin Lin Fan, Soprano (Jeannette) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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7
Tableau 1 : Bonjour, monsieur le haut-sonneur… (Bourgmestre, Haut-Sonneur)
Eugene Villanueva
00:01:53

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Michael Dries, Bass (Le Haut-Sonneur) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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8
Tableau 1 : C'est la grande tradition… (Bourgmestre, Haut-Sonneur)
Eugene Villanueva
00:01:31

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Michael Dries, Bass (Le Haut-Sonneur) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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9
Tableau 1 : Bonjour Jeannette… (Jean, Jeannette)
Virgil Hartinger
00:03:26

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor - (Jean) - Lin Lin Fan, Soprano (Jeannette) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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10
Tableau 1 : Allez, il faut nous préparer… (Haut-Sonneur, Jean)
Michael Dries
00:02:41

Michael Dries, Bass (Le Haut-Sonneur) - Virgil Hartinger, Tenor - (Jean) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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11
Tableau 1 : Un… deux… trois… (Chorus)
Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen
00:01:01

Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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12
Tableau 1 : Le Diable ! C'est le Diable !… (Haut-Sonneur, Bourgmestre, Jean)
Michael Dries
00:02:19

Michael Dries, Bass (Le Haut-Sonneur) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Virgil Hartinger, Tenor - (Jean) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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13
Tableau 1 : Le Diable mime
Natalie Kundirenko
00:01:58

Natalie Kundirenko, Violin - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Tableau 2 : Interlude
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
00:02:16

Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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15
Tableau 2 : Tarantelle
Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen
00:01:01

Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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16
Tableau 2 : Ma tête tourne… (Chorus, Haute-sonneur)
Michael Dries
00:01:36

Michael Dries, Bass (Le Haut-Sonneur) - Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Tableau 2 : La, la, la, la… (Jeannette, Jean)
Lin Lin Fan
00:01:52

Lin Lin Fan, Soprano (Jeannette) - Virgil Hartinger, Tenor - (Jean) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Tableau 2 : Holà ! Holà ! Holà !… (Chorus, Bourgmestre)
Eugene Villanueva
00:01:37

Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Tableau 2 : Holà ! Holà ! Holà !… (Chorus, Jean, Bourgmestre)
Virgil Hartinger
00:02:07

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Jean) - Eugene Villanueva, Baritone (Bourgmestre) - Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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20
Tableau 2 : Mon Dieu, sauve-nous… (Jean)
Virgil Hartinger
00:01:55

Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Jean) - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

2016 Pan Classics 2016 Pan Classics

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Tableau 2 : Un… deux… trois… (Chorus)
Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen
00:00:39

Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

2016 Pan Classics 2016 Pan Classics

22
Tableau 2 : Savez-vous planter… (Children's Chorus, Jeannette, Jean)
Lin Lin Fan
00:02:23

Lin Lin Fan, Soprano (Jeannette) - Virgil Hartinger, Tenor (Jean) - Kammerchor St. Jacobi Göttingen - Göttinger Symphonie Orchester - Christoph-Mathias Mueller, Conductor - Claude Debussy, Composer

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Album Description

The listener may be forgiven for not knowing that any Debussy "Edgar Allan Poe Operas" existed, for neither of the works recorded here was ever completed. Moreover, and you don't learn this unless you read the notes or have investigated for yourself, one of them was hardly begun. After the success of Pelléas et Mélisande in New York, Debussy was encouraged to adapt a pair of Poe's short stories for a new American production. Debussy needed little encouragement and quickly produced a pair of scenarios, but other projects intervened, and the operas were never finished. The more complete one is La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher), for which there are substantial sketches and several full realizations including the one here by "creative musicologist" Robert Orledge. Le diable dans le beffroi is almost entirely Orledge's work, and he seems to have diverged substantially from what Debussy planned (he has solo voices where Debussy apparently intended a choral work). This puts the whole project here firmly in the speculative realm, especially inasmuch as the operas seem to have been planned as a kind of pair, with Le diable dans le beffroi as the comic counterpart to the familiar moody tale of the House of Usher. But the music, especially in the Usher work (the patchwork of parody and quotation Orledge puts together for Le diable makes the question of whether it's Debussyan less relevant), sounds like Debussy, and although the graphics credit only the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester under Christoph-Matias Mueller, there are some fine solo singers here, most of all William Dazeley as Roderick Usher. Sample the climactic final tracks of this opera for the effect. Those interested in how Debussy saw Poe, as manifested in his adaptations, will be pleased to find complete texts in English, French, and German in the booklet (Debussy worked from Baudelaire's translations). Recommended for Debussy buffs.
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Details of original recording : Live Recording : 10 & 11 December 2013, Stadthalle Göttingen (Germany)

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