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Debussy: The Martyrdom of St Sebastian

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Debussy: The Martyrdom of St Sebastian
Debussy: The Martyrdom of St Sebastian


This recording of a broadcast performance by North West German Radio of Debussy's The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian comes from 1952. It features one of the greatest conductors of the time, Ernest Ansermet, conducting the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Choir, and leading soloists from the period.

The legendary Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet had been a friend of Claude Debussy, and was highly respected for his readings of composer's works. He was the first to conduct Debussy's poetic drama "Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien" in Germany, at the Wallraffplatz broadcasting studios in Cologne on May 5, 1952. At its Paris premiere in 1911, the piece had provoked a regular scandal with its mixture of unabashed eroticism and religious ecstasy. North West German Radio commissioned a German translation for the broadcast which was used in this recording. All the soloists were female, with internationally acclaimed soprano Anny Schlemm joined by Margot Guilleaume, Anni Bernards and Martha Deisen.

Personnel: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Radio Choir, Ernest Ansermet (conductor)

Cast: Will Quadflieg (Sebastian), Bernhard Minetti (Narrator), Margot Guilleaume (Érigone), Anny Schlemm (Vox sola, Vox coelestis and Anima Sebstiani), Anni Bernards, Martha Deisen (The twins Marc and Marcelien)


  1. Name
  2. Act I: The Court of Lilies, Ihr den Worten lauscht
  3. Bruder, was wär' die Welt zur Stunde
  4. Da tropft es rot
  5. Sebastian! Sebastian! Sebastian!
  6. Die Flamme schwillt
  7. Ein andres Lied klingt auf
  8. Act II: The Magic Chamber, Im Heiligtum der Magier
  9. Weizen schnitt ich
  10. Érigone, die Jungfrau mit der goldnen Ähre ist's
  11. Act III: The Council of the False Gods, Des Kaiser Hauskapelle prunkt
  12. Der Kaiser aber ist der Schönheit so ganz und gar verfallen
  13. Haltet ein!
  14. Hört Ihr den Wind ?
  15. Ihr suchet den Gekreuzigten
  16. O Jesus, komm zu mir
  17. Er ist tot, der schöne Adonis
  18. Act IV: The Wounded Laurel, Des Cäsars Mund befahl
  19. Mein Schicksal muss sich nun vollenden
  20. Da fliegt der erste Pfeil!
  21. Weinet, Ihr Frauen
  22. Vollendet hat sich sein Geschick
  23. Act V: Paradise, Ein Licht steigt von der Erde auf
  24. Heil, Dir, die wir erwarben, flammet auf!
  25. Ich komme, ich schwebe
  26. Lobet unsern Herrn!
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