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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.

Evgeny Svetlanov

Music by Brahms, Debussy and Chausson

(ICA Classics)

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