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Colin Matthews: The Debussy Preludes

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  1. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: I. Brouillards (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: XII. Minstrels (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: X. Canope (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: III. La Puerta del Vino (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: VI. Général Lavine, Excentric (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: II. Feuilles mortes (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: XI. Les tierces alternées (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: XI. La danse de Puck (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: III. Le vent dans la plaine (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: I. Danseuses de Delphes (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: IX. La sérénade interrompue (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: VI. Des pas sur la neige (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: II. Voiles (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: IX. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C. (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: VII. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: V. Bruyères (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book II, L. 123: VIII. Ondine (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Colin Matthews — Preludes, Book I, L. 117: X. La cathédrale engloutie (Arranged for Orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Colin Matthews — Postlude: Monsieur Croche $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Brouillards, prelude for piano, L. 123/1
>Debussy, Claude : Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, prelude for piano, L. 117/7
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir, prelude for piano, L. 117/4
>Debussy, Claude : General Lavine, eccentric, prelude for piano, L. 123/6
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Debussy, Claude : Les tierces alternees, prelude for piano, L. 123/11
>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
>Debussy, Claude : Le vent dans la plaine, prelude for piano, L. 117/3
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Debussy, Claude : Danseuses de Delphes, prelude for piano, L. 117/1
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
>Debussy, Claude : Les fees sont d'exquises danseuses, prelude for piano, L. 123/4
>Debussy, Claude : Hommage a Samuel Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C., prelude for piano, L.123/9
>Matthews, Colin : Postlude
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Notes & Reviews:

A special release compiled of previous acclaimed Hall·releases includes the complete orchestrations by composer Colin Matthews of the 24 Debussy Preludes. Previous releases of Matthews’ Debussy orchestrations coupled with La Mer (HLE 7513) and Jeux (HLE 7518) were received with universal acclaim, with the former winning a highly prestigious Diapason d’Or award in France. This set includes Mathews’ stunning orchestrations of the Debussy Preludes, along with a Postlude written by the composer especially for this project, presented together for the first time at a special price.

“More than orchestrations, they are recreations achieved by entering into the mind and thought of the original composer. Beautiful performances.” — Sunday Telegraph

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Musical literalists may not be pleased with Colin Matthews' free orchestral arrangements of the 24 movements of Debussy's two books of Préludes pour le piano; this is certainly not the equivalent of Ravel's faithful orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Fans of impressionist orchestral music and some fans of the piano originals, though, may well experience a thrill, as if a lost Debussy orchestral piece had been rediscovered. Matthews has a consummate, almost uncanny understanding of Debussy's orchestrational style, and the occasional sonorities that betray the work's modern provenance clearly sound like intentional artistic decisions and not miscalculations.

Debussy was a composer whose language and orchestration were always evolving, and it requires no stretch whatsoever to imagine that these orchestrations could have been his own. Listeners who know the piano preludes will be fascinated to hear the ways in which Matthews has reimagined them, sometimes even adding material, extending their length, and altering note values to make the music fit the orchestral idiom with complete naturalness. Matthews reorders the preludes, mixing the two books, opening with Brouillards, the first prelude from the second book and ending the set with a gorgeous, grand, radiant version of La cathédrale engloutie. He also adds an original postlude, titled Monsieur Croche (the composer's pen name as a music critic), which he describes as being closer to Debussy's style than he had "intended or expected." The commissioners of the arrangement, Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, perform it with luminous transparency and idiomatic sensitivity to roots in Impressionism. The sound is clean, clear, and present. Highly recommended.



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>Debussy, Claude : Brouillards, prelude for piano, L. 123/1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest, prelude for piano, L. 117/7
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir, prelude for piano, L. 117/4
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Général Lavine, eccentric, prelude for piano, L. 123/6
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Les tierces alternées, prelude for piano, L. 123/11
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : La danse de Puck, prelude for piano, L. 117/11
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Le vent dans la plaine, prelude for piano, L. 117/3
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: BBC Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (07/14/2006-07/16/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Debussy, Claude : Danseuses de Delphes, prelude for piano, L. 117/1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude no 9 (La sérénade interrompue)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses, prelude for piano, L. 123/4
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Hommage à Samuel Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C., prelude for piano, L.123/9
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Matthews, Colin : Postlude :: Monsieur Croche, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (06/20/2007-06/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary