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La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux

Boulez/Cleveland Orchestra Audio CD
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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

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly exquisite renditions Feb. 17 2004
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Even though Boulez is renowned for bringing discipline to his orchestras, I still never cease to marvel at how he pulled off these simply seamless, splendid performances. Discipline is of the utmost importance with Debussy: a brass sections that doesn't have its dynamics perfectly under control can destroy "La Mer" in any number of places. The same can be said of the female chorus in "Nocturnes: Sirenes." We have all heard the wobbly, out-of-control chorus in Sirenes, that demolishes all of the splendid orhcestral work that preceded it.
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.
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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.
he does approach it differently than he did some thirty years ago and his reading, while atmospheric, lacks the magic the earlier one has
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Let's face it: there are many fine Debussy recordings on the market, and "Jeux" and "La Mer" have been recorded often. I especially like Dutoit's recording with the Montreal orchestra, and Haitink's with the Concertgebouw from the 1970's (which as part of a two-disc set is also quite a bargain).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best La Mer April 9 2002
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boulez's Clinical Approach to Debussy Dec 11 2001
By John Kwok TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have tremendous admiration for Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra; their recent collaborations on Deutsche Grammophon have been among the finest I have heard on recordings like the Ravel Piano Concertos and Mahler's 4th Symphony. However, Boulez has a tendency of being too cerebral, interested in highlighting a score's orchestral textures without melding them successfully. It's an approach with which he has had some success in his Mahler symphony cycle. Alas this is a major problem with his latest interpretations of Debussy, most notably his conducting of "La Mer" (In stark contrast, listen to Bernstein's recording with the New York Philharmonic or Sir Colin Davis' with the Boston Symphony or perhaps Ashkenazy's with the Cleveland Orchestra.). Still, these are thoughtful, though too introspective, interpretations of Debussy which deserved to be listened. The Cleveland Orchestra's performances are exemplary. And of course, Deutsche Grammophon's sound quality is exceptional too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the greatest Debussy recording ever June 22 2001
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Ravishingly beautiful and nearly technically flawless ... once you have this you can forget any other recordings of these works. Be sure to get the other Boulez/Debussy disc that has Afternoon of a Faun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great playing June 12 2001
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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. Frank Cohen plays the rhapsodie beautifully with great support from the orchestra. All in all, a wonderful disc!
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