It was not until 1897, when Artur Nikisch conducted Ernest Chausson’s Symphonie, that it was hailed as a masterpiece in Paris, Brussels and Barcelona. His Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer, today likened to Mahler’s orchestral Lieder, is still awaiting a tenor capable of transcending Bouchor’s rather poor verses. Opulent mezzo voices such as Kathleen Ferrier (here, miraculously, in a live performance), Jessye Norman or Linda Finnie have made their mark. Munch ushers in the 20th century, declaiming young Debussy’s Printemps as a wonderful and sincere tribute to Fauré.
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