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La Mer - Debussy, Britten, Mercuren / Nézet-Séguin, et al

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Mercure, Pierre : Kaleidoscope, for orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
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Notes & Reviews:

Recently appointed to replace Valery Gergiev as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin has won rave reviews for his masterful interpretations both at home and abroad. Also the Artistic Director of the Orchestre Metropolitain (OM) in Montreal, he has garnered three coveted Prix Opus prizes. This highly-anticipated recording of orchestral music inspired by the sea was made following a series of live performances of the work with the OM last year, which were well-received by audiences and critics alike.

BBC Music Magazine
...Nézet-Séguin's traversal of the opening 'De l'aube à midi sure la mer'...seems just a little tentative in phrasing, the climactic crash of waves at the movement's peroration without the startling rush and immediacy of the Shui recording. This slightly careful attitude marginally softens the impact of what is in many ways a very sensitive and admirably nuanced performance.

Gramophone Magazine
The Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal may not be so well known outside Canada as the great Montreal Symphony Orchestra, but here under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin they show what a formidable band they are, offering performances both incisive and refined in every department. The rarity is the orchestral showpiece Kaléidoscope, written by the Québécois composer Pierre Mercure...a powerful, enjoyable piece that reflects the Debussian example on the one hand but the influence of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on the other in its sharply motoric rhythms.

BBC Music Magazine
... Nézet-Séguin's traversal of the opening 'De l'aube à midi sure la mer'... seems just a little tentative in phrasing, the climactic crash of waves at the movement's peroration without the startling rush and immediacy of the Shui recording. This slightly careful attitude marginally softens the impact of what is in many ways a very sensitive and admirably nuanced performance.



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>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Montréal (Québec), Canada (03/27/2007-03/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Montréal (Québec), Canada (03/27/2007-03/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 16 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Mercure, Pierre : Kaléidoscope, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Montréal (Québec), Canada (03/27/2007-03/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1948

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Performer: Marie-Andre Benny (Flute)
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, Montréal (Québec), Canada (03/27/2007-03/28/2007)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894