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The music of three nations – Britain, Spain and France – inspired Debussy’s Images for orchestra, which occupied him from 1905 to 1912.
Originally conceived for two pianos (Images I and II for solo piano are on 8.550253), this third set draws on several folk songs in its outer movements, the tripartite middle movement evoking in musical terms Spanish sights, sounds and fragrances.
Vivid orchestrations by both Debussy and Ravel of short piano pieces likewise embrace contrasting moods and national characters.
Volumes 1 (8570759) and 2 (8570993) in this series have been highly praised.
Claude Debussy: Images
No. 1. Gigues
No. 2. Iberia: Par les rues et par les chemins
No. 2. Iberia: Les parfums de la nuit
No. 2. Iberia: Le matin d'un jour de fete
No. 3. Rondes de printemps
Claude Debussy: Pour le piano: II. Sarabande (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra)
Pour le piano: II. Sarabande (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra)
Claude Debussy: Danse, "Tarantelle styrienne" (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra)
Danse, "Tarentelle styrienne" (arr. M. Ravel for orchestra)
Claude Debussy: Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire (version for orchestra)
Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire (version for orchestra)
Claude Debussy: La plus que lente (version for orchestra)
La plus que lente (version for orchestra)
“Jun Märkl persuades his orchestra to extremes of vulgarity and tenderness, which is as it should be in the extraordinary Images. They also catch the ambivalence of mood that marks these pieces...there is much here to enjoy.”
“In Jun Märkl’s expert hands one can immediately sense Debussy…[Märkl] magically evokes iridescent textures from which points of sound emerge like piquant sources of light on a canvas. A captivating performance enhanced by four bonus orchestrations.”