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Saturday, February 1, 2014 Permalink

The Pelleas Connection

Alexia Cousin as Melisande & Simon Keenlyside as Pelleas in the 2000 production by the Grand Théâtre in Geneva

 

In a mysterious land of shadows and memories, a prince comes upon a frightened young woman in the woods — far from home and uncertain how she got there.

Despite her mysterious origins, the prince marries her — and then six months later, she falls in love with his half-brother — a cascade of events that leads to a tragic end.

Little known today, the 19th century symbolist play Pelléas and Mélisande fascinated Debussy, Faure, Schoenberg, Sibelius and others, prompting music that reflected the story’s world of inner conflict — in which nothing is clear . . . except ambiguity.

 

In this hour, we’ll hear what they made of it all.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Faure:  Pelléas et Mélisande, etc.

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Argo 410 552-2

028941055224

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht & Pelléas Und Mélisande

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Deutsche Grammophon 457721-2

028945772127

Sibelius: Scenes Historiques, Pelléas Et Mélisande

Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

Chandos CHAN 9483

095115948323

Debussy: Pelléas & Mélisande Suite

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Deutsche Grammophon 289 471 332-2

028947133223

Wallace: Creation Symphony; Pelléas and Mélisande

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Hyperion CDA66987

034571169873

Scott: Overture to Pelléas and Melisanda

BBC Concert Orchestra, Martin Yates

Dutton Epoch CDLX 7302

765387730222

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado

Deutsche Grammophon 435 344-2

028943534420

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