Robin Ticciati & DSO - Debussy & Faure - Hi-Fi News
Debussy's six Verlaine settings, Ariettes Oubliées, are recorded here in orchestrated versions by composer/violist Brett Dean. It displays Kožená's fine musicianship though texts are unclear in the Jesus-Christus-Kirche acoustic. Linn's exemplary booklet essay deals with the interwoven lives of Fauré and Debussy, eg, how the commision for incidental music for Pelléas was refused by the latter - arranged by Koechlin the Suite recycles the very familiart Sicilienne, Op. 78. It's sympathetically performed with Ticciati, whose La Mer s impressive (but bass drum is rather too prominent in the finale).