Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Philips 438 7422 (2 discs)
EMI 391 9672
Singapore SO/Lan Shui
On one level a series of miniature tableaux – ranging from landscapes and atmospheres to thumbnail sketches of literary characters – these piano piece also provide a superb overview of Debussy’s range as a composer.
Decca 452 0222 (2 discs)
Debussy’s understated, almost dream-like opera about young lovers caught up in an extra-marital affair exerts an extraordinary and unforgettable spell on its listeners.
Vienna State Opera/Claudio Abbado
DG 435 3442 (2 discs)