Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pelleas et Melisande – ペレアスとメリザンドを聴く


The CD of opera “Pelleas et Melisande” arrived from the States. It is Boulez/Covent Garden performance and seemed well reputed. This is for the preparation of the evening at Opera Comique in June where this opera was debuted, but the booklet attached with the disc was very slim and only included the summarized story but no rylics. My immediate measure was to borrow another CD set from the regional library. It was the classic 1953 recording by Jean Fournet and Concerts Lamoureux with Camille Maurane as Pelleas. Also, I found the complete score in the net, as well as various libretti, and I started listening as I watch mainly the Japanese translation in the booklet and occasionally the monitor screen.
Somehow 50-year older version was more comfortable to listen to and I guessed it was a rarely good performance, but frankly, this opera by Debussy to me was difficult with no obvious intonations or sense of exaltation. Felt rather depressed myself not understanding where to start biting it. The rest I would rely on nothing but Gardiner’s brilliance. This sort of things are, like the taste of unfamiliar foreign dishes, learned by repeated training, and so I will see after digesting the story and the dialog first. By the night in Opera Comique, I should have got rid of the jetlag, and won’t be sleeping…

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