Pelleas and Melisande 1969
- CD 2415-16
- Jean-Marie Auberson, Herbert Graf, Günther Schneider-Siemssen, Frieder Klein, Yasmin Bozin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chœur du Grand Théâtre, Philippe Cart, Eric Tappy, Gérard Souzay, Erna Spoorenberg, Victor de Narké, Anne-Marie Blanzat, Derrik Olsen, Arlette Chédel, Gregor Koubrak
Pelléas and Mélisande 1969
Gérard Souzay (Golaud) and Eric Tappy (Pelléas) side by side in a production of Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande under the direction of Jean-Marie Auberson at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva on 20 March 1969 – Claves offers the opportunity to relive this exceptional moment in a recording from its new series CHRONOS dedicated to particularly remarkable archive recordings. Under Radio Suisse Romande’s microphones the singers excelled and sparked a dialogue with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (which had just lost its founder and director Ernest Ansermet, who was to have lead the production) marked by a phenomenal naturalness. The clarity of their diction in combination with profound musicality makes this recording a veritable singing lesson. The recent decease of three main figures from this production in 2004 (Erna Spoorenberg on 18 March, Jean-Marie Auberson on 4 July, and Gérard Souzay on 17 August) lends this recording particular poignancy;it is dedicated to their memory.