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Debussy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6

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Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
>Debussy, Claude : En blanc et noir
>Debussy, Claude : Symphony, for piano, 4 hands, L. 10
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Notes & Reviews:

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', declared Classic FM of Volume 1. 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.

Fanfare
The orchestra of Lyon plays very well... I will say that I enjoyed this particular CD...

ClassicsToday.com
The spacious recording is a bit over-reverberant, but nevertheless provides solid presence and impact. Debussy fans will find this release a real delight.

WQXR (New York)
In the sixth volume of their highly regarded survey of Debussy orchestral works, Jun Märkl and the Orchestre National de Lyon present five diverse works originally written for solo and duo-piano in striking orchestrations... Märkl and the Lyon Orchestra endeavor to make every piece sound like a treasured masterwork.

American Record Guide
Good notes. Great sound.

WETA
Jun Märkl, music director of the Lyon National Orchestra, has recorded five programs of orchestral music by Debussy on the Naxos label, and in May, released Volume 6. In this program, we hear Debussy's music orchestrated by others, including his compatriots André Caplet (the famous Suite bergamasque, including the even more famous Clair de lune) and Henri Büsser (Petite Suite and Printemps).

Gramophone
Caplet's assimilation of Debussy's colour palette is equally evident in his orchestration of "Pagodes" from the set of piano pieces Estampes, Debussy's contemporary Paul-Henri Bnsser contributing an arrangement of "SoirTe dans Grenade" from the same set that nicely conveys its Spanish sultriness. The Italian conductor Bernardino Molinari, with Debussy's approval, recast L'isle joyeuse in scintillating orchestral guise, and Ernest Ansermet brought a particularly haunting atmosphere to the Six Epigraphes antiques.

Audio Video Club of Atlanta
Is this sixth volume the last in Jun MSrkl's critically acclaimed survey of the orchestral works of Claude Debussy? If so, we couldn't have wished for a better send-off to the series than this choice collection of unsuspected gems. All were originally written for other genres, particularly solo and duo-piano, and were orchestrated by the composer's close associates Henri Bnsset, Gustave Cloez, and AndrT Caplet and latter-day admirers Robin Holloway and Tony Finno. In every instance, the orchestrations take their cues from the keyboard originals, carrying out the latent suggestions in Debussy's unusually luminous harmonies, magic figurations, and frequent use of parallel chords to enrich the sound.

Classic FM
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 MSrkl achieves in this enchanting collection, as witness magical performances of the Suite bergamasque and Petite Suite that appear to float free of musical gravity. He makes En blanc et noir sound even more alluring than in its own two-piano original, while an early symphonic movement that originally never got beyond piano duet scoring emerges like liquid gold.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium de Lyon, France.



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Suite bergamasque
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (02/24/2010-02/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Debussy, Claude : Petite suite for Piano 4 hands
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (01/11/2010-01/14/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (02/24/2010-02/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Debussy, Claude : En blanc et noir
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (02/24/2010-02/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Debussy, Claude : Symphony, for piano, 4 hands, L. 10
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (02/24/2010-02/27/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880