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Debussy: 24 Preludes (orchestrated by Peter Breiner) / Jun Markl, Royal Scottish Nat'l Orch.

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 1
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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. Throughout its history, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has played an important part in Scotland's musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Jun Märkl has appeared as a guest conductor with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Cleveland, NHK Symphony, Tonhalle Zurich, and the Munich, Oslo and Czech Philharmonics among others, and at the Met, Covent Garden, Vienna State and Dresden Semper Operas.

The Observer, September 2012
Stylish Jun MSrkl 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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (06/16/2011-06/18/2011).


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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (06/16/2011-06/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1910

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Conductor: Märkl, Jun
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, UK (06/16/2011-06/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912