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In 2018 the musical world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of French composer Claude Debussy, one of the towering figures in 20th century music whose influence stretches right up to Pierre Boulez. Metropolitan commissioned a very good film from Georges Gachot in 2000 which has lost none of its charm. We learn about the life of the composer through writings of contemporaries and friends. Archive footage from Paris around 1900 creates a fin du siècle mood and makes it easier for us to understand how radically new Debussy´s music was. Most important however is the director´s choice of music which unites Sergiu Celibidache (Afternoon of a Faun, , Ibéria), Eugene Ormandy (La Mer), Zoltan Kocsis (Children´s Corner) and Sviatoslav Richter (Images: Reflets dans l´eau) who perform key works of the composer. And who better than Pierre Boulez and Peter Stein to present the composer´s only finished opera “Pelléas et Mélisande”. Another surprise is a recording with Mary Garden, who was Debussy´s first Mélisande and a Welte Piano reproduction of Debussy´s own piano playing from 1913. The only on screen interviewee is Manuel Rosenthal, the doyen of French music in the first half of last century, who shares priceless anecdotes with us. Shot in SD with a running time of 57 minutes.

 

To celebrate Debussy Poorhouse could also offer:

Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky: Afternoon of a Faun (10:30) and La Mer (24:00)

Paavo Järvi and Orchestre de Paris: Afternoon of a Faun (10:22)

Robin Ticciati and Budapest Festival Orchestra: La Mer (25:00)

Sergiu Celibidache and Munich Philarmonic: Afternoon of a Faun (17:00) and Ibéria (31:00)