Recently appointed to replace Valery Gergiev as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has won rave reviews for his masterful interpretations both at home and abroad. He recently made successful debuts with SWR Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Swedish Radio Symphony. Also the Artistic Director of the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) in Montréal, he has garnered three coveted Prix Opus prizes.
This highly-anticipated recording of orchestral music inspired by the sea was made following a series of live performances of the work with the OM last year, which were well-received by audiences and critics alike: “ … a fantastically vivid soundscape that the OM captured tenderly… Nézet-Séguin proved himself a capable purveyor of the French tradition. Pierre Mercure’s Kaléidoscope linked the program together … it was a treat to hear playing of such affectionate vibrancy as the OM devoted to Mercure’s [work].” Montreal Gazette.
’A vibrant ocean bathed in light’ ****½
Arthur Kaptainis - The Montreal Gazette - 10 November 2007
CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK
Robert Everett-Green - The Globe & Mail - 1 December 2007
Top 10 CDs of 2007: Nézet-Séguin and other
"My choice of 10 great recordings of the year includes five Canadian achievements of international standard.
More than an absolute success, Debussy’s La Mer by Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal is an astonishment..."
Claude Gingras - La Presse - 30 December 2007
Plamondon, Yannick - Le Soleil - 1 December 2007
"The Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal may not be so well known outside Canada as the great Montreal Symphony Orchestra, but here under music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, they show what a formidable band they are, offering performances both incisive and refined in every department..."
Edward Greenfield - Gramophone magazine - 1 January 2008