Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 6 – Suite bergamasque / Petite suite / En blanc et noir
Orchestre National de Lyon • 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.
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.
The streaming of the music here is available with the kind permission of Naxos.
“The performers continue to display a flair for Debussy, lending his music elegance, grace, saturated colors, and enthusiasm, while Märkl’s tempos and pacing are unerring.”
International Record Review, October 2011
“In their latest Debussy volume, Jun Märkl and his fine French players turn to orchestrations of piano works by the composer’s contemporaries or later admirers. They capture perfectly the flash and dazzle of the Suite bergamasque, particularly in the high-voltage opening and closing movements, and charm us with the graceful Petite Suite and Printemps.”
The Observer, June 2011
“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 Märkl 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 two-piano original, while an early symphonic movement that originally never got beyond piano duet scoring emerges like liquid gold.
No one has ever captured the sense of a small boat creating gentle ripples on a lake in the early morning mist (En bateau from the Petite Suite) as magically as Märkl and his gifted Lyon players.
Jun Märkl’s outstanding Debussy series makes every piece sound like one of the most cherishable masterworks in the repertoire. All five previous volumes in this Naxos Debussy series are must-haves.”
Classic FM, 5 stars, July 2011