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Top performers tell BBC Music Magazine which of Debussy's works they most love

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Nine of the most inspirational Debussy works are presented here as top performers tell us which of the French composer's works they most love. Soprano Natalie Dessay put it this way;

I think it must be the chemistry between the words and the music which makes Pélleas et Mélisande such a wonderful opera – and unique; its music seems to come from another planet. I think this is the only opera I have chosen to do because of the music and not the character.

Mélisande is an absolute mystery, I still don't understand her – and that's how it should be. One almost has to intone her words rather than sing them, and because of this I believe you must truly know French to give the music what it deserves. It's such beautiful language, but very complicated and difficult to sing. Pélleas makes you realise that French is not flat, but phrased in little waves. The music of Debussy is really like a language that resides in my body and my mind – it's part of me.

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