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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande / Suzanne Danco, Oda Slobodskaya, Henri-Bertrand Etcheverry, Camille Maurane

Notes & Reviews:

The 1902 Paris Opera première of Pelléas et Mélisande opened up new horizons to the great French conductor Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht, and musical theatre became his great interest. Inghelbrecht was appointed musical director of first the Théâtre des Arts, then the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra-Comique and later the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française. Perhaps the fact that Inghelbrecht's mother was English is the reason he was so fond of Mary Garden's Mélisande, and why one can find in Suzanne Danco's performance on this recording something of the poetry and the spirit that characterized Garden's unfailing charm.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Sound is first rate, and balance between voices and orchestra ideal. It is unlikely to disturb enjoyment of this stunning performance. The recent acquisition of a 4CD set honoring Maurane's centenary has produced yet another, Ingelbrecht reading. Given in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first performance in 1952 at the Theâtre de Champs Elysees It is undoubtedly a fine performance. Still remains the favorite.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
Ingelbrecht transformed Walter Legge's young Philharmonia in little time into a virtuoso version of a French theatre orchestra, evidently enjoying his work with the orchestra's star wind players. His Franco-Belgian-Russian cast had much experience in this work...It's an important contribution to our perception of Debussy's opera.


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