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By Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. By Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), and Pierre Mercure (1927-1966). Classical. CD. ATMA Classique #ACD2 2775. Published by ATMA Classique (NX.ACD2-2775).
Item Number: NX.ACD2-2775
ATMA Classique will reissue its critically acclaimed recording of La Mer : Debussy, Britten, Mercure in stereo format. Recorded in 2007 by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and the Orchestre Metropolitain, La Mer garnered five stars from the French magazine Diapason, which declared, "What is immediately apparent in Yannick Nezet-Seguin's Debussy is its meticulousness, its almost chamber-music like transparency, and its subtle shading." Pierre Mercure's Kaleidoscope was also praised for its "formidably contrasted reading ...Under Yannick Nezet-Seguin's baton, the work's constantly shifting emotional climate combines tragic grandeur with the most cheerful lightness." La Mer revisits a live concert program performed by the Orchestre Metropolitain during its 2006-2007 season. "What genius Britten shows in his four interludes from the opera Peter Grimes... Nezet-Seguin recreates the exact context of each scene portrayed, from the depths of the ocean to the sky-shaking tempest... The young conductor ends with Debussy's La Mer... a very impressive performance, sometimes lyric, sometimes livid, always detailed." (La Presse).