Debussy – Jeux

BIS: BIS2162

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Debussy – Jeux

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BIS2162

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st Sept 2017

Barcode:

7318599921624

Length:

75 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Debussy – Jeux


Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Khamma

La Boite A Joujoux


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Several works by Claude Debussy have become ballets ‘after the fact’, so to speak – as early as 1912, Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes used his Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, and later choreographers have created ballets based on scores like Printemps, Gigues (from Images) and Nuages and Fêtes (from Nocturnes). Debussy only conceived three works as ballets, however, and those are gathered on this present disc from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui. All three were written between 1911–1913, during a period when the composer was under some financial pressure, and in the case of Khamma, Debussy himself admitted that ‘considerations of domestic finances’ contributed to him undertaking the commission for this ‘danced legend’ about an Egyptian dancer struck down by the sun-god Amun-Ra. Having finished the piano score, Debussy asked Charles Kœchlin to complete the orchestration under his supervision. He was more enthusiastic about a commission from the highly fashionable Ballets Russes, and did indeed complete Jeux himself – but only two weeks after the first performance, the company’s première of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring completely eclipsed Debussy’s new work. Jeux had to wait until the 1950s for full recognition, championed not least by Pierre Boulez, who regarded it as one of the most prophetic works of the twentieth century. Of the three works on the disc, it is probably the children’s ballet La Boîte à joujoux (The Toybox) that gave its creator the greatest pleasure. He finished a version for solo piano in 1913 and dedicated it to his daughter Emma. The music includes children’s songs, bugle calls and imitations of musical boxes as well as parodies of well-known operas and quotations from his own and other works.

Claude Debussy: Jeux, L. 126

Jeux, L. 126

Claude Debussy: Khamma, L. 125 (Arr. C. Koechlin)

Khamma, L. 125 (Arr. C. Koechlin): Prélude. Modérément animé

Khamma, L. 125 (Arr. C. Koechlin): Première danse. Grave et lent

Khamma, L. 125 (Arr. C. Koechlin): Deuxième danse. Léger et craintif

Khamma, L. 125 (Arr. C. Koechlin): Troisième danse. Très lent

Claude Debussy: La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra)

La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra): Prélude. Le sommeil de la boîte

La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra): Tableau I. Le magasin de jouets

La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra): Tableau II. Le champ de bataille

La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra): Tableau III. La bergerie à vendre

La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra): Tableau IV. Après fortune faite

La boîte à joujoux, L. 128 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra): Épilogue

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