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concert Herbert von Karajan conducts a all-French concert program of Debussy and Ravel Berliner Philharmoniker

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Herbert von Karajan conducts a all-French concert program of Debussy and Ravel Berliner Philharmoniker

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Celelbrated for his intimate knowledge of the symphonic contributions of German Romanticism's great masters, Herbert von Karajan also explored the masterpieces of French composers with the Berliner Philharmoniker in great detail. His almost-obsessive quest for sonic perfection was particular intriguing when applied to French Impressionism, like the masterpieces of this program. Debussy’s La Mer depicts the magnificent land- and seascapes associated with the ocean and draws inspiration from the visual artwork of Turner and Monet, and the Suite No.2 from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé paints its subjects so clearly that the listener can almost see them. It was the composer himself who spoke of a “choreographic symphony” bringing the love story of the shepherd and his lover to life.

Program

  • Claude Debussy, La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre
    • 1. From dawn to noon on the sea
    • 2. Play of the waves
    • 3. Dialogue of the wind and the sea
  • Claude Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

Details

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  • Venue: Berlin Philharmonie (Berlin, Germany)
  • Production date: 1993
  • Recording date: 1986
  • Duration: 53 min
  • Production: © Telemondial
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