Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliées (CD)

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Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Robin Ticciati

To launch their exciting new partnership Robin Ticciati and the DSO present Debussy's La mer, Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande and the premiere recording of composer Brett Dean's arrangements of Debussy's Ariettes oubliées featuring Magdalena Kozená.

Following his DSO debut Ticciati chose La mer to perform when he returned as the newly announced Principal Conductor in 2016. Ticciati has conducted La mer and Pelléas et Mélisande across Europe with the LPO, Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra receiving excellent reviews.

Brett Dean's orchestration of the Ariettes premiered in Sydney in 2015 and at once displayed Debussy's music in a new light. Dean's new arrangements expand on the colours heard in Debussy's original six songs applying unbelievably delicate orchestration that sounds like gossamer; The Daily Telegraph declared it a revelation.

The all-French programme also includes the prelude to Fauré's opera Pénélope and his orchestral suite Pelléas et Mélisande in a perfectly judged recording which augurs well for this exciting new partnership.

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La Mer

Ariettes Oubliées (6)
arr. Brett Dean
Magdalena Kožená (mezzo)


Prelude to Penelope

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (suite)
arr. Charles Koechlin