LA MER, NOCTURNES
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|1. Nocturnes: Nuages|
|2. Nocturnes: Fetes|
|3. Nocturnes: Sirenes|
|4. Premire Rhapsodie|
|5. Jeux: Poeme Danse|
|6. La Mer: I. De L'aube A Midi Sur La Mer|
|7. La Mer: II. Jeux De Vagues|
|8. La Mer: III. Dialogue Du Vent Et De La Mer|
Pierre Boulez est sans nul doute l'un des plus grands chefs pour diriger la musique française et celle de Debussy en particulier. Sa parfaite connaissance des partitions ainsi que son acharnement à régler les moindres détails de l'interprétation font de son interprétation un régal de raffinement. La direction de Boulez est à la fois souple et rigide. Il ne cède rien à ses musiciens et entraîne l'orchestre dans un tourbillon de couleurs et de rythmes animé par un souffle passionné. Le tout est d'une précision diabolique ! --Marc Aigneaux
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On the other hand, discipline can go overboard and turn into a rigid mechanical performance, and nobody needs to hear an orchestra going through the motions, hitting every note perfectly, but rendering a performance bereft of any passion whatsoever. The trick is to walk the line perfectly between being disciplined and being mechanical, and Boulez has indeed pulled this off.
It is just wonderful to hear a smoothly modulated brass section playing its part with the right level of nuance, and a woodwind section dealing with Debussy's challenging rhythms with ease and comfort. The string section also play their parts perfectly.
I also must tip my hat to Franklin Cohen for his performance in as fine a Rhapsodie as I have ever heard.
Overall, this is an endlessly pleasing Debussy disc. The casual listener can simply enjoy Debussy's music on its own merits, while the more serious listener can enjoy diving into the intricacies of Debussy's score, appreciating the splendid job that Boulez & the Cleveland Orchestra has done.
But if you are looking for a version in clear, modern sound, this might be the one. Boulez is just about perfect for this music, with his emphasis on clarity, coupled with a somewhat unsentimental approach.
Deutsche Grammophon's recording is outstanding. Even in the loudest passages of "La Mer" for example, every instrumental strand can still be heard.
The Cleveland Orchestra is, well, the Cleveland Orchestra - an incomparable group that is worth sampling any time, in any repertoire. Their playing here appears so effortless - which of course it isn't - and that illusion only heightens the mood created by the relaxed brilliance of Debussy's writing.
A great recording, for fans of Boulez, the orchestra, and of course these magnificent, glittering Debussy scores.
Boulez has just the right gentle touch in his conducting to make the Nocturnes soothingly lyric without being too mellow.
The premiere Rhapsodie is a wonderful intrigue. Franklin Cohen plays the clarinet lead of this piece with style.
The Jeux is delightfully entertaining. I especially like the Cleveland brass on this piece. Weaving in and out of the background of the strings, it paints some great musical images.
La Mer is for me the high point of the disc. Its representation of the power of the sea is stunning. Tossed to and fro between tunes, never clinging to one too long, it becomes a masterpiece in the able hands of Boulez.
At 70.58, there is not an uninteresting moment on this recording. Boulez shows here why he is the master of this repertoire. I recommend this disc.
This is definitely a "good" Debussy album, but there are a few points that keep it from being "great." First, in "Nocturnes: Fetes" the trumpet fanfares are a little sloppy. The slower sections of Nocturnes are exceptionally beautiful though. The strings and chorus in Sirenes are heavenly.
In Jeux, I also find the brass slightly lazy. Other than that, It is a wonderful performance.
As for La Mer, I found the climax of "De l'aube a midi sur la mer" unexciting. I thought the tempo was a little slow, the percussion including the tympani and gong had not enough impact, and the players seemed to be holding back. Also, in the final moments of the peice, I find a lot of inner detail missing which is odd considering that Pierre Boulez is known for bringing out inner detail. For a better recording of "La Mer," I recommend the recording by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony.
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no it doesnt have near the clarity that boulezs original with the ny philharmonic has, but he didnt try to repeat himself and so deserves credit fort he effort. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
This is wort its price because of this version of La Mer. Boulez as a native frenchman understands this better than most and sound is amazing.Published on April 9 2002
Ravishingly beautiful and nearly technically flawless ... once you have this you can forget any other recordings of these works. Read morePublished on June 22 2001
The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the best in the world and they play the music on this disc wonderfully. Pierre Boulez conducts with great style and sense of the French music. Read morePublished on June 12 2001 by a clarinetist
Boulez' capacity to elicit the inner workings of a score can be stupendous at times. With this particular disc, this skill becomes the problem. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2001 by Timothy Mikolay
Salonen too cool, Martinon too impressionistic; I think Boulez is in between and got exactly right.Published on Oct. 25 2000
Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra were just great! The orchestra and the chorus sounded good! As a French conductor, (Debussy's French too) Boulez is excellent! Read morePublished on June 29 2000 by Shota