Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 2

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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 2

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570993
(8.570993)

Discs:

1

Release date:

5th Jan 2009

Barcode:

0747313099375

Length:

73 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 2


Debussy:

Pelléas et Mélisande – Symphonie

arr. Marius Constant

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

orch. André Caplet

Trois Nocturnes

with MDR Radio Choir, Leipzig

Berceuse héroïque

Études pour piano: No. 9 'Pour les notes répétées'

orch. Michael Jarrell

Études pour piano: No. 10 'Pour les sonorités opposées'

orch. Michael Jarrell

Pour les accords

orch. Michael Jarrell


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Debussy’s orchestral works are much loved for their exquisite orchestrations, poetically nuanced harmonies and almost magical evocations of time and place.

He achieved his first significant success in 1900 with Nocturnes, which portrays in three movements clouds reflected in the sea, holiday festivals in the Bois de Boulogne and the fatally seductive song of the Sirens.

The Pelléas et Mélisande Symphony was derived by Marius Constant from the orchestral episodes of Debussy’s famous opera, while the Trois Études are heard in a revealing orchestration of the piano originals by the contemporary Swiss composer, Michael Jarrell.

Claude Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande-symphonie (Pelleas and Melisande Symphony) (arr. M. Constant)

Pelleas et Melisande-symphonie (Pelleas and Melisande Symphony) (arr. M. Constant)

Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune (arr. A. Caplet)

Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune (arr. A. Caplet)

Claude Debussy: Nocturnes

No. 1. Nuages

No. 2. Fetes

No. 3. Sirenes

Claude Debussy: Berceuse heroique (orchestral version)

Berceuse heroique (version for orchestra)

Claude Debussy: 12 Etudes (excerpts) (arr. M. Jarrell)

No. 9. Pour les notes repetees

No. 10. Pour les sonorites opposees

No. 12. Pour les accords

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The two major items here are the set of three Nocturnes, central to Debussy's output, and the substantial symphonic suite from Pelléas etMélisande that Marius Constant put together using almost entirely the opera's evocative orchestral interludes. Märkl's performance is warm and idiomatic, and the only reservation is that almost inevitably there is rather a lack of contrast in music that moves slowly. It is nonetheless a valuable item, adding to the outstanding performance of the three Nocturnes which is the high-point of the whole collection. The first, 'Nuages', is supremely evocative with refined strings and a cor anglais solo that stands out in the terracing of textures. 'Fêtes' is richly seductive in its bright colours. The passage where one hears a procession from afar on muted trumpets is wonderfully achieved, with crisply precise triplets leading up to a powerful climax before fading away again.
The longest of the three Nocturnes, 'Sirènes', brings a vital contribution from the Leipzig choir attached to the other orchestra with which Märkl is associated, the Leipzig Radio Symphony. Their chording and ensemble is flawless. The Caplet orchestration of the piano piece 'Clair de lune' is beautifully wrought and here given a sumptuous performance.
The Berceuse héroïque is similarly evocative, with its distant fanfares and its climactic reference to the Belgian National Anthem. The three Etudes, orchestrated by Michael Jarrell as recently as 1991, represent a different approach; a degree sharper, appropriate enough for some of Debussy's most advanced music, and pointing forward to a new generation of composers. A richly satisfying collection, immaculately recorded, with its full measure of rarities.”

Gramophone Magazine

March 2009

“…the outstanding performance of the three Nocturnes… is the high-point of the whole collection. …"Nuages", is supremely evocative with refined strings and a cor anglais solo that stands out in the terracing of textures. "Fêtes" is richly seductive… The passage where one hears a procession from afar on muted trumpets is wonderfully achieved... "Sirènes", brings a vital contribution from the Leipzig choir... Their chording and ensemble is flawless. A richly satisfying collection, immaculately recorded, with its full measure of rarities.”

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