Debussy: Images; Nocturnes; La mer; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Jeux

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COMPOSERS: Debussy
LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Images; Nocturnes; La mer; Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Jeux
PERFORMER: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink, Eduard van Beinum
CATALOGUE NO: 438 742-2 ADD (1959-80)
This generous collection features Haitink’s distinguished Debussy recordings from the Seventies, prefaced by an account of the Berceuse héroïque from his great Concertgebouw predecessor, van Beinum. The three principal orchestral cycles (Images, Nocturnes, La mer) are here given performances of extraordinary mystery and fantasy, magically touched by strains of northern coolness. L’après-midi and Jeux – variously seductive, beguiling, thoughtful, measured – endure in a class of their own, wondrously shaded. Demonstration sound, gloriously open yet focused. Magnificent. Ates Orga

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