Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune; three Nocturnes; Pelleas et Melisande, concert suite.Claudio Abbado Claudio Abbado, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (b. June 26 1933), is an Italian conductor. Biography
Born in Milan, Italy, Abbado studied piano at the Milan Conservatory, and went on to study conducting with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music. , Berlin Philharmonic The Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic), is one of the world's leading orchestras. Its current principal conductor is Sir Simon Rattle, known for his championing of contemporary classical music. The BPO also supports several chamber music ensembles. Orchestra. DG 289 471 332-2.
It's always a joy, of course, to listen to the Berlin Philharmonic, but why does DG so often keep these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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1. "These Things [Radio Edit]" - 3:17
2. under wraps for so long? This recording was made in 1998 and was only just released in America in 2002. Oh, well. It's rapturous rap·tur·ous
Filled with great joy or rapture; ecstatic.
raptur·ous·ly adv. music played in rapturous style by Abbado and his distinguished orchestra, and it's good we got it at all.
In fact, the orchestra sounds almost as luxurious as it did under Karajan, no small compliment to maestro Abbado. The three works included on the disc have something to do with it, naturally. They fairly define impressionistic im·pres·sion·is·tic
1. Of, relating to, or practicing impressionism.
2. Of, relating to, or predicated on impression as opposed to reason or fact: impressionistic memories of early childhood. music. The Prelude is probably the best known, and while it has had a boatload boat·load
The number of passengers or the amount of cargo that a boat can hold.
Noun 1. boatload - the amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship or a freight car; "he imported wine by the boatload" of recordings over the years, most of which are still available, Abbado's interpretation is among the most seductive. The three Nocturnes
Nocturnes is an orchestral composition in three movements by the French composer Claude Debussy. , too, are impressive, but other conductors have done them up as well. No, it's the Pelleas et Melisande suite, arranged years ago by conductor Erich Leinsdorf, that carries the day. It is gorgeous in its Delius-like meandering manner, with waves of sound rolling over the listener in sweet profusion like spring breezes on a warm day. The concert suite leaves out much of the overt action of the complete work, contenting itself mainly with the linking material, which is just fine by me for its relaxed tone and romantic atmosphere.
The sound quality varies, though. The first two items were recorded in Jesus-Christus Kirche sans audience, while the Pelleas music was recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie. Now, normally I don't fancy live recordings, but in this case it outshines its companions in brilliance, transparency, and dynamics. It simply sounds more alive, although in all fairness the more distanced and veiled sound of the first pieces rather fits their mood. In any case, it's Abbado's conducting and the magnificence of the Berlin ensemble that are probably most at issue here, and they're so good I wouldn't let a little matter like ordinary sonics interfere with a good time.