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LS 0692

Debussy: La mer

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master


London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Gareth Davies



Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 56:07
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Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune *

 Gareth Davies flute

La mer **

2 De l'aube à midi sur la mer (Très lent) 10:00
3 Jeux de vagues ( Allegro) 7:10
4 Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Animé et tumultueux) 8:21

Jeux ***


One of the twentieth century’s most innovative and influential composers, Debussy was a musical impressionist (a term he disliked). Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune draws inspiration from a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, whilst La mer, a set of symphonic sketches, vividly depicts the relationship between the waves and wind of the open sea. Jeux, one of Debussy’s final orchestral works, was written for Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

                      Best of the Year for 2011

One of the best Classical releases in 2011

Audiophile Audition - 27 December 2011

"...They [LSO] are very impressive here, in three gorgeous scores by Claude Debussy ... There is a very sensuous reading of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Principal flutist Gareth Davies is enchanting in every moment of the long flute solos. The clear and spacious SACD recording reveals beautiful layers of detail in the music, including the lovely sweeping harp lines and effercescent string writing. In an expansive performance of Debussy’s great La Mer, Gergiev adds some real heft to big moments and gently caresses the softer passages... This is my new favourite La Mer."

Buerkle - The American Recod Guide - November/December 2011

"...If someone asked me to recommend a recording of Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune, I would point them to this. Gergiev plays on colour and atmosphere to achieve a calm tension, a rare degree of sensuality. What a beautiful picture!" ****


"From the shimmering picture of sea rippling over pebbles to the cataclysmic force of crashing waves, this has to be the most graphic picture of La Mer placed on disc. For conductor, Valery Gergiev, the LSO a display of detailed virtuosity, before moving to a whole spectrum of subtle sounds in the playful Jeux ...A demonstration in the art of orchestral recording."

Yorkshire Post

                Multichannel Disc of the Month

"...hearing this superb Gergiev performance in state of the art hi-res surround takes the La mer experience to an entirely new level." *****

John Sunier - Audiophile Audition - 24 June 2011

"...phenomenal playing throughout and it’s so well recorded"

BBC Radio 3 CD Review

"Jeux turns out to be Valery Gergiev’s game, set and match"

International Record Review

"The recording captures its mesmerising force, its atmospheric languor and exceptional beauty"    ****

Financial Times

           Multichannel Disc of the Month
Performance **** Recording *****

"... a superlative SACD recording"

BBC Music Magazine

"Gergiev loves the drama and tension of La Mer, but never allows the synamic tension to overshadow the delicate subtlety of Debussy’s revolutionary, evocative music. The performance of the two outer works is simply sublime."   ****

Jane Jones - Classic FM Magazine - July 2011

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