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  Debussy: La Mer - Nézet-Séguin
  Debussy: La Mer, Prélude à líaprès-midi díun faune, Britten: Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a, Mercure: Kaléidoscope

Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Review by M_Dixon April 2, 2012 (6 of 9 found this review helpful)
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This is simply the best recording of Debussy's "La Mer" available on SACD.

The 36-year-old French Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has taken the world of orchestral classical music by storm. Nézet-Séguin originally conducted opera and orchestral music exclusively in Montreal, but has recently accepted the position of music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a remarkable appointment for a conductor so young.

In this 2007 recording, Nézet-Séguin leads the lesser known Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal in a sea themed recording of remarkable energy and sensitivity. Donít let the relatively unknown orchestra cause worries: the music lovers in Montreal are absolutely spoiled by two world class ensembles, the other being the wonderful Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

This is a recording that brings together all of the necessary elements needed for the listener to simply become lost in the music. The rubato and dynamics are seamless, expressive, and sometimes used in effective extremes to really make the music soar. The orchestral performance isnít the best I've ever heard, but is so good that the few minor flaws in the sound donít detract from the supreme musical experience offered here.

The sound quality is among the best Iíve heard in any recording.

In spite of the genuine quality of so many other presentations of Debussyís masterwork, this recording became my clear winner thanks to Nézet-Séguinís flawless direction and transcendent interpretation. This recording is recommended without reservation, and is sure to satisfy even the most critical listener.

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Works: 4  

Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a
Claude Debussy - La Mer, L 109
Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, L 86
Pierre Mercure - Kaléidoscope