Sébastien Melmoth | Hôtel d'Alsace, PARIS | 06/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
French disc features some of Debussy's most quintessential yet lesser heard works.
The late Sonata for the airy combination of flute, viola, and harp.
A fine version of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faun for flute and piano.
And the rarely heard scene music for Les Chansons de Bilitis for two flutes, two harps, and celesta. This piece was made in conjunction with the sometime friend of Oscar Wilde, the poet/pornographer Pierre Louÿs. This kind of hieratic precious art is a wonder of humanity.
Doubleplus bonus cover art by Puvis de Chavannes--spectacular!