Debussy: Préludes - Books 1 & 2 (24, complete)

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Debussy: Préludes - Books 1 & 2 (24, complete)



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3rd Sept 2012




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Debussy: Préludes - Books 1 & 2 (24, complete)

orch. Peter Breiner



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Debussy completed his two books of Préludes in 1910 and 1913 respectively, and they contain some of his most visionary and poetic writing for piano. There are evocations of calm seascapes, delicate wind tracery, and snow-covered landscapes. Some moments are steeped in antiquity, such as La cathédrale engloutie, others in expressive portraiture, as in La fille aux cheveux de lin. There is even a cake-walk. The Préludes are performed here in the subtle and colouristic orchestrations of much-admired Slovak-born composer Peter Breiner.

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 1 (arr. P. Breiner for orchestra)

No. 1. Danseuses de Delphes

No. 2. Voiles

No. 3. Le vent dans la plaine

No. 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

No. 5. Les collines d'Anacapri

No. 6. Des pas sur la neige

No. 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest

No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin

No. 9. La serenade interrompue

No. 10. La cathedrale engloutie

No. 11. La danse de Puck

No. 12. Minstrels

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book 2 (arr. P. Breiner for orchestra)

No. 1. Brouillards

No. 2. Feuilles mortes

No. 3. La puerta del vino

No. 4. Les fees sont d'exquises danseuses

No. 5. Bruyeres

No. 6. General Lavine - eccentric

No. 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

No. 8. Ondine

No. 9. Hommage a S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C

No. 10. Canope

No. 11. Les tierces alternees

No. 12. Feux d'artifice

The Observer

23rd September 2012

“Stylish Jun Märkl and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra exploit all the changing hues of this colourful showpiece”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2012

“The impression is of a job professionally done and of performances that do what they have to do and do it well. They do not, however, extinguish the temptation to go back and relish Debussy's piano originals.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2012


“Breiner's orchestrations are tastefully done, with sympathy for Debussy's idiom and a fine ear for colour.”

MusicWeb International

28th May 2013

“The orchestral playing is exemplary and the sonics are first rate. There’s just enough resonance to deliver a true Debussian sound to the listener but all the inner details can still be clearly heard. Both conductor and orchestra were in splendid form during this session. Well worth having and hearing”

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