Music: Classic and Choice

Ravel: Bolero; Debussy: La Mer; Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune.

(Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti conductor, London.) As one would expect, Solti's Bolero is a knockout. But the real interest here is the Debussy. The years have given Solti a welcome relaxation, and he is now getting around to the swirling softness of French musical impressionism. There are no mists in Solti's Debussy. The sky is clear blue over his La Mer, but how shimmering those eddies of string tone, how thundering the waves of brass. Afternoon of a Faun may just be...

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