The music of Claude Debussys "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" does not attempt to musically illustrate Stéphane Mallarmé's symbolist poem but to simply evoke the dreams and desires of a faun in the afternoon heat. The clearly etched line of the flute, the languorous, capricious melody, probably played by the faun himself, is soon enveloped in the warmth of velvet horns, woodwinds and a splash of harp. A hush falls over the orchestra before a new, more sensuous melody is sung by the woodwinds. Debussy's Prelude was revolutionary for its time. Recorded in February 1978 at the Berlin Philharmonie.