De­bussy/fauré: La Mer/pel­léas and Mélisande

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Dso/tic­ciati/kožená LINN ★★★★★

If you’re used to hear­ing Robin Tic­ciati with the fleet-footed Scot­tish Cham­ber Orches­tra, then the pure heft of this record­ing – his first as mu­sic di­rec­tor of Ber­lin’s Deutsches Sym­phonieorch­ester – might take a bit of get­ting used to. It’s ex­cit­ing, and it bodes well. The orches­tra has a pow­er­ful en­gine that al­ways feels on the verge of break­ing loose, but Tic­ciati har­nesses the depth and drive of that en­ergy and adds some gor­geously febrile stuff. Maybe some of the cor­ners aren’t as nim­ble as they’ll be­come a few years into his new job, but Fauré’s Pre­lude to Pene­lope surges and sweeps, De­bussy’s Pel­léas and Mélisande suite has a rich, som­bre beauty and La Mer sounds ro­bust, brood­ing and vast. Mag­dalena Kožená sings De­bussy’s Ari­ettes Oubliées (as or­ches­trated by Brett Dean) with a steely grandeur. KM

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