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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande ()

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composed by Claude Debussy, Unspecified

When this recording of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, the greatest and the most French of all French operas, was recorded in Paris in 1941, the Germans had already occupied the city, and the act of recording itself thus became a musical act of patriotism and the resulting performance is therefore of transcendent musical value. That value is honored in this superbly done reissue in EMI's Great Recordings of the Century. Because the singers were heirs to the opera's unbroken performance tradition thereby giving the listener ...

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  1. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 93 (88)
  2. Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 86 (80)
  3. Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set II, L. 114 (104)
  4. Chansons de Bilitis (3), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 97 (90)
  5. Le promenoir des deux amants, song cycle for voice & piano, L.129 (118)
  6. De grève ("Sur la mer les crépuscules tombent"), song for voice & piano, L. 90/2 (84/2)
  7. Ballade des femmes de Paris ("Quoy qu'on tient belles langagières"), song for voice & piano, L. 126/3 (119/3)
  8. Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 93 (88): Act. 3. Mes longs cheveux descendent
  9. Ariettes oubliées (6), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 63 (60): No. 1. Il pleure dans mon coeur
  10. Ariettes oubliées (6), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 63 (60): No. 3. L'ombre des arbres...
  11. Ariettes oubliées (6), song cycle for voice & piano, L. 63 (60): No. 5. Aquarelles - Green
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