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Svetlanov (1928-2002) had a wider repertoire than most Russian conductors, though you would never know it from his Melodiya discography. This CD, using BBC tapes of a 1975 Festival Hall concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, fills out the picture of his musical sympathies.
His Brahms Third Symphony is idiomatic in a traditional German way, while his Debussy La Mer has a thrilling boldness that does not preclude many subtleties. Best of all is Janet Baker singing Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer.
Music by Brahms, Debussy and Chausson
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