Berlin-based orchestras / Pelléas et Mélisande
Orchester und Chor der Deutschen Oper
- Duration 2h, one interval
Perhaps Wagner’s “Parsifal” needs to be heard with Debussy’s ears in order to fully grasp why at least as many paths point the way to Modernity from this late work as from the apparently so much more radical, earlier “Tristan”. The programme, which British-born and Bayreuth experienced Donald Runnicles has put together with the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin allows the listeners to make precisely this attempt. Debussy was a musician whose love of Wagner’s music was hardly blind and whose nationally motivated hatred against all things Wagnerian made him immune towards flat epigonism. It can therefore be assumed that his lyrical drama „Pelléas et Mélisande“, which was composed as an ambivalent reaction to Parsifal, reverberates on Wagner’s Bühnenweihfestspiel (a stage-consecrating festival play): on a work that Debussy takes one step further in floating symbolism, with a magic timbre and an interpretation of the fantastic that is conducted with psychological depth in an astonishingly consistent manner.
Evelyn Herlitzius soprano (Kundry)
Klaus Florian Vogt tenor (Parsifal)
Seth Carico bass-baritone (Klingsor)
Nicole Haslett, Alexandra Hutton, Irene Roberts, Elena Tsallagova, Adriana Ferfezka, Ronnita Miller Flower maidens