Pierre Dumoussaud, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine – Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Pierre Dumoussaud, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine – Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande (2021)
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The Covid pandemic caused the cancellation of the performances of Pell’eas et M’elisande at the Op’era National de Bordeaux, which approached Alpha in order to make an audio recording of this masterpiece. So here is that unexpected but highly anticipated new version, with an exceptional cast and a young conductor, Pierre Dumoussaud, whose calling card it is fast becoming, since he has already conducted it in many houses. ‘His conducting calls for nothing but praise, striking a fine balance between analytical clarity and theatrical life, while at the same time bringing out the extraordinary modernity of this intoxicating music’, wrote Christian Merlin in Le Figaro of one of his staged performances. The ‘disarming sincerity’ of Pell’eas (Stanislas de Barbeyrac), the ‘constant emotion’ of M’elisande (Chiara Skerath), the ‘bitingly intense singing’ of Golaud (Alexandre Duhamel) – these are some of the comments elicited by the 2018 performances in the staging of Philippe B’eziat and Florent Siaud, the intended revival of which this year was prevented by the health emergency. The album cover features a photo from that memorable production.

“There happen perhaps no useless events”, sings the old Arkel in the first Act of Pell’eas et M’elisande. Here, it is rather the useful non-event that, paradoxically, has opened the way for this new recording of Debussy’s opera, which has known little discographic success. Forced to cancel its run because of the global pandemic, the Bordeaux Opera decided to hold onto the recordings which had been made of the long rehearsal sessions in its Auditorium.

Of course, some very good versions of Pell’eas et M’elisande have been made since Roger D’esormi`ere set down his legendary recording during the Occupation in 1941. These include Inghelbrecht (2 concert versions), Ansermet (2 studio versions), Boulez, Karajan, Armin Jordan and Abbado. As in 1941, this new interpretation brings together young singers in perfect harmony with the story told by Maeterlinck, but it is above all the orchestral poetry that we hear here thanks to the refined, supple and diaphanous conducting by Pierre Dumoussaud, the young conductor who used to work as an assistant in the Grand Th’e^atre de Bordeaux. It is he who lends all his mystery, anxiety and modernity to the score.

Stanislas de Barbeyrac is a frivolous and carefree Pell’eas. Chiara Skerath’s M’elisande is more mannered than falsely innocent. Alexandre Duhamel plays a quiet young Golaud who is capable of chilling outbursts. Like its older sister from the war years, which reflected the style of its day, this new version is an exciting snapshot of singing in early 21st century France. (c) Francois Hudry/Qobuz

Details of original recording : Recorded in November 2020 at Auditorium de l’Op’era de Bordeaux (France)

Tracklist:
Disc 1 (01:11:19)
1. Alexandre Duhamel, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 1: No. 1, “Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette for^et” (03:52)
2. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 1: No. 2, “Pourquoi pleures-tu ?” (06:32)
3. Alexandre Duhamel, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 1: No. 3, “Je suis perdu aussi” (01:33)
4. Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Janina Baechle, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 2: No. 1, “Voici ce qu’il ‘ecrit `a son fr`ere” (02:56)
5. Stanislas de Barbeyrac, J’er^ome Varnier, Janina Baechle, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 2: No. 2, “Qu’en dites-vous ?” (05:24)
6. Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 2: No. 3, Interlude (00:44)
7. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Janina Baechle, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 3: No. 1, “Il fait sombre dans les jardins” (02:40)
8. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Choeur de l’Op’era National de Bordeaux, Salvatore Caputo, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act I Scene 3: No. 2, “Ho’e ! Hisse Ho’e !” (04:04)
9. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 1: No. 1, “Vous ne savez pas o`u je vous ai men’ee ?” (03:37)
10. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 1: No. 2, “C’est au bord d’une fontaine” (02:58)
11. Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 1: No. 3, Interlude (00:44)
12. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 2: No. 1, “Ah ! Ah ! Tu vas bien” (08:40)
13. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 2: No. 2, “Voyons, donne-moi ta main” (02:58)
14. Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 2: No. 3, Interlude (01:33)
15. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act II Scene 3: No. 1, “Oui, c’est ici, nous y sommes” (05:11)
16. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 1: No. 1, “Mes longs cheveux descendent jusqu’au seuil de la tour” (06:10)
17. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 1: No. 2, “Je les tiens dans les mains” (05:03)
18. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 1: No. 3, “Que faites-vous ici ?” (03:22)
19. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 2: No. 1, “Prenez garde ; par ici, par ici” (03:18)

Disc 2 (01:16:57)
1. Alexandre Duhamel, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 3: No. 1, Interlude / “Ah ! Je respire enfin !” (04:29)
2. Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 3: No. 2, Interlude (01:07)
3. Alexandre Duhamel, Ma”elig Querr’e, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 4: No. 1, “Viens, nous allons nous asseoir ici” (05:42)
4. Alexandre Duhamel, Ma”elig Querr’e, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act III Scene 4: No. 2, “Qu’ils s’embrassent, petit p`ere ?” (04:59)
5. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 1: No. 1, “O`u vas-tu ?” (02:51)
6. Chiara Skerath, J’er^ome Varnier, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 2: No. 1, “Maintenant que le p`ere de Pell’eas est sauv’e” (05:50)
7. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, J’er^ome Varnier, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 2: No. 2, “Pell’eas part ce soir” (03:18)
8. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, J’er^ome Varnier, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 2: No. 3, “Ne mettez pas ainsi votre main `a la gorge” (03:37)
9. Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 2: No. 4, Interlude (01:14)
10. Ma”elig Querr’e, Jean-Vincent Blot, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 3: No. 1, “Oh ! Cette pierre est lourde” (03:52)
11. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 4: No. 1, “C’est le dernier soir” (03:51)
12. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 4: No. 2, “Nous sommes venus ici il y a bien longtemps” (02:10)
13. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 4: No. 3, “On dirait que ta voix a pass’e sur la mer au printemps” (04:07)
14. Chiara Skerath, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act IV Scene 4: No. 4, “Quel est ce bruit ?” (04:22)
15. Alexandre Duhamel, J’er^ome Varnier, Jean-Vincent Blot, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 1, “Ce n’est pas de cette petite blessure qu’elle peut mourir” (03:09)
16. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, J’er^ome Varnier, Jean-Vincent Blot, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 2, “Attention ; je crois qu’elle s”eveille” (05:51)
17. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 3, “M’elisande, as-tu piti’e de moi comme j’ai piti’e de toi ?” (03:01)
18. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 4, “Non, non, nous n’avons pas ‘et’e coupables” (02:16)
19. Alexandre Duhamel, Chiara Skerath, J’er^ome Varnier, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 5, “Qu’avez-vous fait ?” (02:46)
20. Alexandre Duhamel, J’er^ome Varnier, Jean-Vincent Blot, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 6, “Qu’y a-t-il ?” (02:16)
21. J’er^ome Varnier, Jean-Vincent Blot, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine & Pierre Dumoussaud – Pell’eas et M’elisande, Act V Scene 1: No. 7, “Attention … attention. Il faut parler `a voix basse, maintenant” (06:09)

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