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Debussy: Orchestral Works - La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux; Images; Primtemps, Berceuse héroique et al.

Audio Samples

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86
>Debussy, Claude : Marche écossaise, sur un thème populaire, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 77
>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
>Debussy, Claude : L' Enfant prodigue
>     Prélude
>     Cortège
>     Air de danse
>Debussy, Claude : Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86
>Debussy, Claude : Marche écossaise, sur un thème populaire, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 77
>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
>Debussy, Claude : L' Enfant prodigue
>Debussy, Claude : Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recognized internationally as a conductor of the highest calibre, Stéphane Denève took up the post of Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2005, and has since attracted attention from audiences and critics alike. This May, the conductor bids a fond farewell to Scotland and the RSNO with a series of 'Au Revoir' concerts, and of course, this disc of orchestral works by Debussy. This 2-disc set includes La Mer, Images, Nocturnes, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, and many more favorites.

The Observer, 12, May 2012
In each of these performances the RSNO, keenly responsive to Denève after his seven seasons as chief conductor, confirm the absolute precision, transparency and - in Jeux as much as anywhere - passion required for these scores. The detail in Images is exquisite (with a lovely oboe d'amore solo by Katherine Mackintosh). The Nocturnes, especially Fêtes, achieve a shimmering, decidedly un-Monet-like glaze, and La Mer erupts and glistens.

Sunday Times, 3rd June 2012
His Debussy is his own, muscular yet transparent, colouristic yet atmospheric and mysterious...Even that symphonic warhorse La Mer sounds freshly reimagined by the young Frenchman, whose sense of the music's ebb and flow, with surging climaxes, is unerring...an ideal way to acquire Debussy's orchestral masterpieces.

Financial Times
DenFve still summons a sensuous bloom in the PrTlude, and thanks to his influence, the RSNO proves better than the French at their own game: these are among the most seductive Debussy performances I have heard in years.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Prelude a L'Apres-Midi D'un Faune is beautifully shaped, bright yet warm, and seamlessly structured. The one oddity, and it is a subtle one, is slightly greater emphasis on the horn than the flute. Some performances bring a touch of menace to this work, but this is more hypnotic than ominous.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Images for Orchestra
  • Performer: Katherine MacKintosh (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Debussy, Claude : Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Debussy, Claude : Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 86
  • Performer: Katherine Bryan (Flute)
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Debussy, Claude : Marche écossaise, sur un thème populaire, for piano, 4 hands (or orchestra), L. 77
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano & orchestra, L. 61
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Debussy, Claude : L' Enfant prodigue :: Prélude
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : L' Enfant prodigue :: Cortège
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : L' Enfant prodigue :: Air de danse
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : Berceuse héroïque for piano (or orchestra), L. 132
  • Conductor: Stéphane Denève
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2011-10-10_2011-10-12&2012-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914