Ernst Ansermet made four recordings of Debussy's trilogy of symphonic sketches, 'La Mer', between 1947 and 1957 in a signature work that is splendidly performed here by the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra and remastered for your listening pleasure. In an interview with Peter Heyworth in 1962, Ansermet remarked: "Debussy never repeated himself. In his music, the work itself; the inspiration, creates the form." And of Jeux: "Here Debussy's fantasy is exceptionally free and its formal development is quite extraordinary." The music of Paul Dukas is fastidiously crafted and his symphonic poetry is expertly played and beautifully recorded on this album.
"Ansermet must have a very special regard for these fascinating if rather enigmatic scores. His delicately precise yet glowing performance of Jeux easily outclasses the recorded competition, and his La Péri... revels in sensuous melody and fragrant orchestral sonorities." - High Fidelity, October 1967.