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  Debussy: Nocturnes, La Mer, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Järvi
  Debussy: Nocturnes, La Mer, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (Jarvi) (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by ~~Phil~~ June 6, 2005 (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
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This is run-of-the-mill at best....Viktor's review is a bit harsh - but also fairly acurate - I do agree - I've heard much better...I'd personal like to get my hands on a Haitink conducted SACD of these Debussy gems...Bottom line with this SACD - lack-luster performance with good sonics (but then who really cares if the performance is not quite there???)

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Review by mwagner1962 June 18, 2005 (5 of 10 found this review helpful)
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I am going to chime in on this one as well.....

Paavo Jarvi is starting to leave me cold....I cannot understand what is going on here, but this performance is cold, dull, and uninspiring...period.

I have heard many different recordings of these pieces, and the offerings here are simply not on par with any other. After a serious cull of my CD library a few years ago, all I kept for La Mer is a killer redbook with Dutoit and Montreal (Decca) and for the rest, a Solti CD....

I loved Jarvi's Dukas SACD, and his Prokofiev, is pretty nice as well. The Stravinsky Petrouchka is extremely nice, yet his "Rite of Spring" and Nielsen 5th is a bi-polar SACD, with a terrible "Rite of Spring" and a stunning Nielsen 5th. Even his stuff on PentaTone is better than his Debussy SACD.

Telarc's sound is top notch, but that is where the praise stops!!!! If this chilly trend with Paavo Jarvi continues, then I will say bye bye to future Telarc/Jarvi/Cincinnati SACDs, which is a shame as the orchestra is quite good!!!

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Review by M_Dixon April 2, 2012 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Paavo Järviís interpretation of La Mer differs quite radically from the others I've heard. His use of rubato to shape phrases is far more reserved than the others, and he often enters sections where the tempo is incredibly slow, allowing the music to gradually build and decay over relatively long periods of time. This makes for an interesting listening experience, but it doesnít always lead to the best presentation of the musical material.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestraís performance, while credible, leaves me wishing for better intonation, balance and articulation though there are moments where the performers sound as good as anyone.

The Telarc production provides a sound that is more reverberant than most, which causes many of the details from the score to be lost somewhere within the larger overall sound. The effect is not unpleasant though, and many listeners might argue that this type of production offers a more realistic listening experience when compared to live concert listening.

There are better versions of La Mer available, but this recording should be considered a contender as the other works on the release tend to hold up better under scrutiny.

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Works: 3  

Claude Debussy - La Mer, L 109
Claude Debussy - Nocturnes, L 91
Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L 86