Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An Old Debussy Recording

I can go on and on about my fondness for the Supraphon label and the Czech Philharmonic, but here is something especially different: a 1957 recording of Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune with conductor Antonio Pedrotti. You'll find better sound overall in other recordings from the period, sure, but this is worth your attention.

People who insist on listening only to current recordings of pieces miss out on a whole history of conducting styles, performances, and recordings.  The woodwinds here, particularly the solo flute, are a beauty. I want to hear more of Pedrotti's recordings for certain.

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