Notes & Reviews:
Zhou Long's The Deep, Deep Sea has as its title a quotation from Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, and was written for flautist Sharon Bezaly who performs it here. If the sea in Zhou Long's piece is an Asian one, Glazunov used a visit to Crimea and the Black Sea for his inspiration, adding a good pinch of Wagnerism to its not very salty water. Debussy and Bridge on the other hand most probably had the same sea in mind when they composed their works: Debussy finished his La Mer while visiting England in 1904, staying in Eastbourne on the south coast, and Frank Bridge (1879-1949) was born and grew up in Brighton, some thirty kilometers further west.
"As pure sound, this is the best La mer that I have encountered on record. ...these are also revelatory performances. Lan Shui and his orchestra... turn in an unequivocally world-class performance of Debussy's masterpiece. Revelatory is again the only way of describing Shui's thrilling espousal of Frank Bridge's The Sea, composed 1910-11, here sounding every inch an unheralded masterpiece. Beijing-born Zhou Long's The Deep, Deep Sea, by contrast, is an altogether more delicate, exotic creation graced by Sharon Bezaly's flute playing. An outstandingly successful issue." - BBC Music Magazine
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Works DetailsDebussy, Claude : La mer
- Conductor: Lan Shui
- Ensemble: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1903-1905
- Studio/Live: Studio