You Decide Debussy's Birthday Music

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All this week WQXR has been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy, born on Aug. 22, 1862. For today's Showdown, we asked you to choose from one of his orchestral masterpieces: La mer, Nocturnes and Images.

You chose Images in a new recording by Simon Rattle at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and we played it at 12 noon.

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Performance details for the piece to be played at 12 noon:
La mer (The Sea): Claudio Abbado, conductor; Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
Nocturnes: Charles Dutoit, conductor; Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Winner: Images for Orchestra: Simon Rattle, conductor; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (this is a new recording to be released on Aug. 28).

 

La mer (The Sea)

Nocturnes

Images for Orchestra