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Les Siecles & Francois-Xavier Roth – Debussy: Jeux, Nocturnes, Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Les Siècles & François-Xavier Roth – Debussy: Jeux, Nocturnes, Prélude à l’aprés midi d’un faune (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 50:49 minutes | 457 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © harmonia mundi

The originality of this recording (which presents works that are, in fact, rather common) comes from the orchestra Les Siècles playing on periodic instruments, in this case from the period in which Debussy wrote these masterpieces. This is particularly relevant for woodwinds and brass, whose mechanisms and sounds around 1900 were very different – more incisive perhaps, and undoubtedly more differentiated – which for music like Debussy’s offers a real plus in the orchestral balance. Moreover, the number of strings remains reasonable, this way the woodwind is never swallowed up as it often is with large international orchestras. The listener will be able to hear this music as Debussy heard it, or at least how he would have liked to have heard it because in his time orchestras and conductors did not always have a clear understanding of his style or the infinite colours on his palette.

1. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, CD 87 08:55
2. Jeux, CD 133 17:38
3. Nocturnes, CD 98: 1. Nuages 07:11
4. Nocturnes, CD 98: 2. Fêtes 06:37
5. Nocturnes, CD 98: 3. Sirènes 10:28

Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth, conductor


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