Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Claude Debussy, Claudio Abbado, La Scala Theater Orchestra & Chorus|
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Listen to Samples
A great bargain among fine Pelleas recordings
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 08/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wtih Decca's bargain release of Ansermet's classic Pelleas et Melisande, this live radio broadcast from La Scala runs into stiff competition. The reviewer below objects to audience noise, but it isn't really excessive if you exercise some tolerance--the coughs seem more prominent chiefly because Debussy's score is so soft. The singers are at the very least good (Goloaud, Arkel) to outstanding (Pelleas, Melisande), and the FM stereo sound is very listenable. Best of all is Abbado's sensitive conducting and his ability to make the sometimes scrappy La Scala orchestra sound first-rate. This live reading is less cautious than his DG studio recording, itself a fine performance.
In all, if you can get a used copy for under $10, this very respectable release is a steal."