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Debussy Evening


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One hundred years to the day since Claude Debussy 's opera Pelleas et
Melisande opened in Paris, Roger Nichols and Christopher Cook explore his innovation and influence, setting his achievements in the vibrant context of French political, cultural and intellectual life. At the heart of the evening is a performance of the opera, compiled from five landmark recordings spanning 60 years.
7.05 Prélude à l'Après Midi d'un Faune London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Claudio Abbado
7.15 Why Pelleas? The enduring fascination of Debussy's opera.
7.30 Pelleas et Melisande (Act 1)
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, conductor Roger Desormiere
8.00 Light and Water Debussy's relationship to the visual arts.
8.20 Pelleas et Melisande (Act 2)
French National Radio Orchestra, conductor Andre Cluytens
8.50 Anarchy and Violence Paris in the turbulent years of the 1890s.
9.20 Pelleas et Melisande (Act 3)
Royal Opera House Orchestra, conductor Pierre Boulez
9.55 Gesture and Drama French theatre before and after Maeterlinck.
10.20 Les Soirs Illumines parl'Ardeurdu Charbon Roy Howat (piano)
The first broadcast of a newly discovered Debussy work.
9.20 Pelleas et Melisande (Act 4)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Herbert von Karajan
11.10 Anxiety and Dreams The mysterious worlds of the mind in Debussy's Paris.
11.30 Pelleas et Melisande (Act 5)
French National Orchestra, conductor Bernard Haitink


Unknown: Claude Debussy
Unknown: Roger Nichols
Unknown: Christopher Cook
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Conductor: Roger Desormiere
Conductor: Andre Cluytens
Conductor: Violence Paris
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Pelléas: Jacques Jansen (baritone)
Mélisande: Irène Joachim (soprano)
Golaud: Henri Etcheverry (baritone)
Arkel: Paul Cabanel (bass)
Genevieve: Germaine Cemay (mezzo)
Pelléas: Jacques Jansen (baritone)
Melisande: Victoria de Los Angeles (soprano)
Golaud: Gerard Souzay (barltone)
Pelleas: George Shirley (tenor)
Melisande: Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano)
Golaud: Donald McLntyre (baritone)
Yniold: Anthony Britten (treble)
Pelléas: Richard Stilwell (baritone)
Melisande: Frederica von Stade (soprano)
Golaud: Jose van Dam (baritone)
Arkel: Ruggero Raimondl (bass)
Yniold: Christine Barbaux (soprano)
Shepherd: Pascal Thomas (bass)
Melisande: Anne Sofie von Otter (soprano)
Golaud: Laurent Naouri (baritone)
Arkel: Alain Vernhes (bass)
Doctor: Jérôme Vernier (baritone)

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