Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 1

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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 1



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28th April 2008




72 minutes


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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 1


Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Jeux - Poème dansé

Children's Corner

orch. Caplet

La Mer



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Debussy was one of the most important and influential composers of the early twentieth century. This recording features two of Debussy’s most harmonically innovative and imaginatively orchestrated works. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) evokes a pagan world, as the faun of the title takes his ease in the afternoon shade on a summer day. The three symphonic sketches that constitute La mer (The Sea), inspired partly by Katsushika Hokusai’s famous colour woodcut The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, offer subtly nuanced evocations of the sea from dawn to midday, of the waves and of the dialogue of wind and sea.

Claude Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

Claude Debussy: La mer

No. 1. De l'aube a midi sur la mer

No. 2. Jeux de vagues

No. 3. Dialogue du vent et de la mer

Claude Debussy: Jeux


Claude Debussy: Children's Corner (arr. for Orchestra)

I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

II. Jimbo's Lullaby

III. Serenade for the Doll

IV. The Snow is Dancing

V. The Little Shepherd

VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk

American Record Guide

“Markl and his players acquit themselves admirably, and as one-stop shopping for some of Debussy's most engaging orchestral works it's hard to beat.”

Classic FM Magazine

Orchestral Disc of the Month

“…this is bewitching music-making that should on no account be missed… One of the finest discs Naxos has ever released.”

The Guardian

30th May 2008


“The Prélude à l'Après-Midi opens with a beautifully shaped flute solo, but then becomes too generalised, without enough stabs of drama to lift its general mood of indolence, while La Mer motors along rather complacently and Jeux totally lacks the quicksilver wit and colouristic imagination that makes it one of the most elusive and potent of Debussy's late works. Whether it's more obvious delight in the luxuriance of the textures, or a sharper analytical insight into the way in which the pieces are constructed, it needs more character; what we get instead is elegant, undemanding background music.”

The Times

24th May 2008


“Debussy ushered in the modern age with breezy whole-tone scales and mere impressions of keys, which the musicians under Märkl paint with delicious colour. Märkl moves the phrases of La Mer like plump, urgent waves, or smoothes them like the deceptive calm ready to surge at any moment. A sense of lurking danger might have been more apparent, however. The Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune paints beautifully the dancing sunlight but lacks that haunting hollowness in the flute that evokes the pagan past. Jeux is both playful and as tense as a tennis racket. But Children's Corner is a little overpowering for the nursery, the jauntiness now rather grotesque in expanded form.”

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