La Mer

Title La Mer
Artist Les Siècles orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth
Music Debussy
Time 00:22:28
Technique Mixed on the Blu 23.1 format
Medium Bubble in crystalline resin and USB key


La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre (“The Sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra”) is an orchestral composition by the French composer Claude Debussy. La Mer is a masterpiece of suggestion and subtlety in its rich depiction of the ocean, which combines unusual orchestration with daring impressionistic harmonies. The work has proven very influential, and its use of sensuous tonal colours and its orchestration methods have influenced many later composers.

The work is performed by Les Siècles, a Paris-based orchestra which plays each repertoire on appropriate period instruments. For this recording, the orchestra uses French instruments from the early 20th century, recreating the sound and the colors of the orchestra that premiered the piece in 1905 in Paris.

Les Siècles was founded in 2003 by François-Xavier Roth, one of today’s most charismatic and enterprising conductors. Born in Paris in 1971, Roth works with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatskapelle, Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle, as well as conducting Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra and Opera. He will take up the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2017-18 season.