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)
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.