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Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande - Christine Barbaux (vocals); Frederica Von Stade (vocals); José van Dam (vocals); Nadine Denize (vocals);...
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  1. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 88
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Herbert von Karajan's 1978 recording of Pelléas et Mélisande for EMI is one of the work's most conventionally operatic versions in that its passions are large and its theatricality is propulsive. That might seem to preclude its effectiveness and authenticity, since the mystery and understatement of Pelléas make it one of the least conventionally operatic operas. Karajan's reading, while certainly not a traditional approach, is startlingly persuasive, a reminder that Debussy's score has a profundity that leaves open the ...

Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande 2009, Warner Classics

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