Notes & Reviews:
Claude Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien is a five-act musical mystery play that was produced in collaboration with poet and dramatist Gabriele d'Annunzio and designed as a vehicle for the great ballerina Ida Rubinstein. Unfortunately, in spite of Debussy's transcendent score, the work's first production was not only unsuccessful, it was attended by scandal - the Archbishop of Paris requested Catholics not attend because the dancer playing St. Sebastian was a woman and a Jew. This new recording featuring the Orchestre National de France conducted by Daniele Gatti is a rare event.
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Works DetailsDebussy, Claude : Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, incidental music for soloists, chorus & orchestra, L. 124
- Performers: Sophie Marin-Degor (Soprano); Christine Knorren (Mezzo Soprano); Kate Aldrich
- Conductor: Daniele Gatti
- Ensemble: Orchestre National de France
- Running Time: 43 min. 32 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1911