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Volume 5 of Naxos’s acclaimed series of Debussy’s orchestral music presents a potpourri of works that were either left incomplete by the composer or were orchestrated by others who greatly admired his music.
The rarely-heard children’s ballet The Toy Box, dedicated to Debussy’s daughter Emma-Claude but not premièred until after the composer’s death, recalls the innocent world of his popular Children’s Corner suite.
Based on Pierre Louÿs’ Chansons de Bilitis, Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques evoke poetic scenes from the ancient world, as does the sole surviving portion of The Triumph of Bacchus.
Claude Debussy: La boite a joujoux (arr. A. Caplet)
Prelude: Le sommeil de la boite (The Toy-box Asleep)
Tableau 1: Le magasin de jouets (The Toy Shop)
Valse: Danse de la poupee
Tableau 2: Le champ de bataille (The Field of Battle)
Tableau 3: La bergerie a vendre (The Sheepfold for Sale)
Tableau 4: Apres fortune faite
Claude Debussy: 6 Epigraphes antiques (arr. E. Ansermet)
I. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'ete
II. Pour un tombeau sans nom
III. Pour que la nuit soit propice
IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales
V. Pour l'egyptienne
VI. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Claude Debussy: Estampes: No. 1. Pagodes (arr. A. Caplet)
Estampes: No. 1. Pagodes (arr. A. Caplet for orchestra)
Claude Debussy: Estampes: No. 2. La soiree dans Grenade (arr. H. Busser)
Estampes: No. 2. La soiree dans Grenade (arr. H. Busser for orchestra)
Claude Debussy: L'isle joyeuse (arr. B. Molinari)
L'isle joyeuse (arr. B. Molinari for orchestra)
Claude Debussy: Le triomphe de Bacchus (arr. M.F. Gaillard for orchestra)
Le triomphe de Bacchus (arr. M.F. Gaillard for orchestra)
“First of all, a word of warning. Of the 73 minutes on this Debussy disc, just about 70 are of orchestrations by other people...In all these versions, Jun Märkl conducts with spirit and finesse.”
“The Lyon players create the strange impression of floating on air as points of sound emerge from the near-distance with ear-tweaking lucidity...The engineering balances detail and atmosphere to glowing perfection...Märkl's revelatory Debussy series is up there...as one of the most iridescent musical jewels in Naxos's crown.”
“[La boite a joujoux] is performed with the sensitivity, warmth of character, fluency and discerning treatment of instrumental timbre that have been the hallmarks of the Lyon orchestra's playing and Jun Markl's conducting on all four of their previous Debussy discs”
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