Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande - Karajan (3 CDs)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Richard Stilwell (Pelléas), Frederica von Stade (Mélisande), José Van Dam (Golaud), Ruggero Raimondi (Arkel), Nadine Denize (Geneviève), Christine Barbaux (Yniold)
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan
Pelléas et Mélisande, often perceived as an opera of understatement and half-lights, is transformed by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra into an intense, but still mysterious drama of seething passions. As the powerful yet tortured Golaud, José van Dam is heard in perhaps his greatest role, while the poetic Richard Stilwell as his half-brother Pelléas falls under the spell of Frederica von Stade, enigmatically sensuous as Mélisande.