Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 6

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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 6



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26th April 2011




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Debussy: Orchestral Works Volume 6


Suite Bergamasque

orch. Gustave Cloez 1, 2, 4 and André Caplet 3

Petite Suite

orch. Henri Büsser

Printemps, suite for piano 4 hands or orchestra, L. 61

orch. Henri Büsser

En blanc et noir

orch. Robin Holloway

Symphonie in B minor

orch. Tony Finno



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Volume 6 in Naxos’s popular series presents five highly diverse works in gorgeous orchestrations by Debussy’s colleagues or later admirers. Indeed, pieces such as Clair de lune and Printemps may even be better known in these seductive guises than in their original forms. Of particular interest is Debussy’s sole attempt at composing a symphony, a youthful work imbued with the spirit of French Romanticism, only the first movement of which he completed.

Jun Märkl’s exemplary interpretations of Debussy’s orchestral music have been praised for their “subtle and sensitive readings” (Gramophone). “This is bewitching music-making that should on no account be missed … One of the finest discs Naxos has ever released” Classic FM on Volume 1 (8570759).

Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque (arr. G. Cloez, A. Caplet for orchestra)

I. Prelude

II. Menuet

III. Clair de lune

IV. Passepied

Claude Debussy: Petite suite (arr. H. Busser for orchestra)

I. En bateau

II. Cortege

III. Menuet

IV. Ballet

Claude Debussy: Printemps (arr. H. Busser for orchestra)

I. Tres modere

II. Modere

Claude Debussy: En blanc et noir (arr. R. Holloway for orchestra)

I. Avec emportement

II. Lent. Sombre

III. Scherzando

Claude Debussy: Symphony in B minor (arr. T. Finno for orchestra)

I. Allegro ben marcato

II. Un poco lento, cantabile

III. Primo tempo

The Telegraph

19th May 2011


“The latest disc in Naxos’s survey of Debussy’s orchestral music is one for a sunny day when you haven’t a care in the world... The Suite bergamasque with the Clair de lune movement, the charming Petite Suite and a movement from the B minor Symphony are all idiomatically played.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2011

“Some of the orchestral versions in Vol 6 are probably just as well known as their keyboard originals, particularly Busser's of the Petite Suite, done with the utmost finesse...Robin Holloway's 2002 version of En blanc et noir breathes Debussian air, as does Tony Finno's realisation of the early Symphony”

Classic FM Magazine

July 2011


“If trying to rethink Debussy's sublimely idiomatic piano writing in orchestral terms isn't challenging enough, to make it sound like an orchestral original borders on the impossible. Yet miraculously, this is just what Jun Märkl achieves...He makes En blanc et noir sound even more alluring than in its two-piano original, while an early symphonic movement that originally never got beyond piano-duet scoring emerges like liquid gold.”

The Observer

19th June 2011

“They capture perfectly the flash and dazzle of the Suite bergamasque, particularly in the high-voltage opening and closing movements, and charm us with the graceful Petite Suite and Printemps.”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2011


“Jun Märkl treats [the piano] as a secondary percussion instrument and the result is surprisingly effective. [En blanc et noir] sounds not merely like Debussy, but like late Debussy, and Holloway's few additions consistently enhance the spirit of the original.”

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