La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes

Leonard Bernstein

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La Mer/Afternoon of a Faun/Jeux/Two Nocturnes Review

by Zach Curd

This is a performance of Debussy's most important musical contributions. Elegantly conducted by Leonard Bernstein, the pieces soar. These pieces have a broad appeal. They appeal to fans of great Romantic era classical music, and to popular music buffs as well. Debussy pioneered the use of "skyscaper chords," which were radically different when it came to harmony and arrangement. Debussy used harmony sixths and ninths, often using augmented scale patterns and chord blocks. Coupling the "skyscaper chords" with astounding dynamics, the pieces ebb, flow, murmur, and shine. One can hear Debussy's impact on popular music when listening to the harmonies of the Four Freshmen, who subsequently influenced Brian Wilson, who influenced countless artists. This is a must-have for classical music fans, and Bernstein's conducting assures a professional performance.

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