Notes & Reviews:
MusicWeb International (PrTlude)
The orchestra play beautifully but the music often hangs fire' [Images] ... 'As well as the expected orchestral refinement there is an overall sweep - the clouds passing steadily overhead and the FOtes celebrated with tingling vitality' [Nocturnes] ... 'Monteux's reading evokes the cool, classical world of the faun.
Monteux's Debussy was without peer, comparable to that other great Decca artist, Ernest Ansermet but the recording of the 'San Sebastien' fragments was made for Philips and it has been accorded star status ever since its issue in 1963.
Monteux's sensitive, colourful performances reveal his deep immersion in the Debussyian idiom. He [offers a] relaxed interpretation that revels in IbTria's Spanish coloring, while Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun passes by like a serene interlude. 'Nuages' also flows effortlessly and unrushed, allowing for Debussy's tangy harmonies to fully emerge, and 'FOtes' sparkles with vibrant energy ... The London Symphony ... plays beautifully, with impressive tonal and rhythmic precision.