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Debussy: La Mer

Magazine article Gramophone

Debussy: La Mer

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Debussy

La mer (a). Premiere Suite d'orchestre (b)

Les Siecles / Francois-Xavier Roth

Actes Sud (F) ASM10 (50' * DDD)

Recorded live at the (b) Cite de la Musique, Paris, February 2,2012, and at the Abbaye de Royaumont, October 13,2012; (3) Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, April 13, 2012

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Roth's period-instrument band play live and 'new' Debussy

Many a disc of Debussy's La mer has popped through the letterbox over the past few years but this version is both unusual and stimulating. The distinguishing feature of the orchestra Les Siecles under Francois-Xavier Roth is that the musicians play on instruments of the period, which, in terms of the woodwind and brass, are specified by date and maker at the back of the accompanying booklet to this disc. In 2011 Les Siecles released a recording of Saint-Saens's Organ Symphony (9/11) which, despite the roomy acoustics of Paris's Saint-Sulpice, had a visceral thrill and polished orchestral warmth. …

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