Claude Debussy (1862-1918):
Three symphonic sketches (1903-05)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):
Le Sacre du Printemps
Pictures from pagan Russia (1910-13)
Jonathan Darlington interprets the two key works of the twentieth century in an enthralling live recording
The Duisburg Philharmonics on this album present two key works of the twentieth century united - and Jonathan Darlington once again creates a most exciting live recording with a dense atmosphere, which promises over one hour of stirring "concert experience".
Even though less than a decade separates the premieres of Claude Debussy’s orchestral work in three parts "La Mer" and Igor Stravinsky’s "Le Sacre du Printemps", these two works could hardly be any more different. While Stravinsky’s "Le Sacre du Printemps", following the clear specifications of a ballet scenario, appears almost unsettling with its elementary rhythms and powerful orchestral colours, "La Mer" appears much more "in flow" - it is inspired by the less visually predetermined perceptions, which the sea and nature brought forth in Debussy.