Debussy: La Mer, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien


2018 marks the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy. Considered by some to be the father of modern music, Debussy’s highly original system of harmony and musical structure expressed in many respects the ideals to which the Impressionist and Symbolist movements of his time aspired. Alongside two shimmering masterpieces, La Mer and the celebrated Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, the Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien receive loving attention from the distinguished musicians of the Philharmonia Orchestra – making their harmonia mundi label début – conducted by Maestro Pablo Heras-Casado.

International release: July 6, 2018

Critical acclaim

“Heras-Casado brings Boulezian analytical textures to the Saint Sébastien fragments and La Mer, but his emotional engagement in this music is far less restrained. The playing is magical.”

The Sunday Time

“Heras-Casado ist einer jener raren Dirigenten, von denen Energie und Leidenschaft ausgeht, ohne dass Übersicht und Sorgfalt im Umgang mit dem Klanggeschehen oder der Kontakt mit den Musikern leiden.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho