Magdalena Kozena and Christian Gerhaher in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Barbican, London, with the LSO conducted by Simon Rattle. Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

LSO Live

The LSO’s January 2016 performances of Debussy’s opera at the Barbican in London, conducted by Simon Rattle and semi-staged by Peter Sellars, have been beautifully transferred to CD, and the result is a credit to the LSO’s own record label. It’s not a definitive performance – Christian Gerhaher’s Pelléas is too pointed, Magdalena Kozena’s Mélisande too worldly sounding to offer quite the last word on these endlessly elusive characters – but it is an exceptionally vivid one, not least thanks to the expressiveness of those two singers and, one assumes, the experience of working on the characters with the meticulous Sellars.

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Source: Opera News from the UK Guardian