Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Complete Orchestral Works, including the 24 Préludes
in the orchestration by Colin Matthews
[9 CDs boxed set]
Orchestre National de Lyon • Jun Märkl
This collection contains all Debussy’s works for orchestra as well as many orchestral arrangements of his piano music. Together these display a rich panorama of Debussian sound and a remarkable insight into the composer. Established arrangements by Debussy’s contemporaries, including Ravel and Caplet, are complemented by more recent arrangements from composers such as Colin Matthews and Robin Holloway. The conductor Jun Märkl believes that Debussy ‘set up a model of orchestration for the rest of the twentieth century’ and it is with this conviction that he draws from the Orchestre National de Lyon
such ‘world-class playing’ (American Record Guide).
Listen to an extract from Debussy’s La Mer, recorded for the Naxos label by the Orchestre National de Lyon and conducted by Jun Märkl.
Listen to an extract from Debussy’s Printemps, recorded for the Naxos label by the Orchestre National de Lyon and conducted by Jun Märkl.
Listen to an extract from Debussy’s Le Martyre de Saint Sébastiaen, recorded for the Naxos label by the Orchestre National de Lyon and conducted by Jun Märkl.
The streaming of the music here is available with the kind permission of Naxos.
“It will, I hope, be clear that this is by no means a conventional set of Debussy’s orchestral output: it’s a fascinating extensive collection that I recommend both to collectors who want to explore some of the rarities and also to anyone wanting to hear Märkl’s impressively played and imaginatively conducted performances of the major works.”
International Record Review, August 2012