Debussy : Prelude – Afternoon of a Faun / Nocturnes – Nuages and Fetes
Debussy : Prelude – Afternoon of a Faun / Nocturnes – Nuages and Fetes
The flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.« With these words, the star conductor and composer Pierre Boulez stressed the immense importance of the impressionist key work "Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune". Whether one regards the gentle, mysterious opening on the solo flute as a doorway to the avant-garde or simply as a musical representation of the lasciviously fantasising god of Nature Pan (faun) is neither here nor there. What remains fascinating is the passionate performance of the large orchestra, whom the composer refused to subject to angular cadences and bestowed it instead with continually shimmering, ethereal, well-nigh wistful harmony
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