Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 – Nocturnes / Clair de lune / Pelleas et Melisande-symphonie
Orchestre National de Lyon • Jun Märkl
Debussy’s orchestral works are much loved for their exquisite orchestrations, poetically nuanced harmonies and almost magical evocations of time and place. He achieved his first significant success in 1900 with Nocturnes , which portrays in three movements clouds reflected in the sea, holiday festivals in the Bois de Boulogne and the fatally seductive song of the Sirens. The Pelléas et Mélisande Symphony was derived by Marius Constant from the orchestral episodes of Debussy’s famous opera, while theTrois Études are heard in a revealing orchestration of the piano originals by the contemporary Swiss composer, Michael Jarrell.
“A richly satisfying collection, immaculately recorded, with its full measure of rarities.”
Gramophone, March 2009
“The opening Pelléas suite sets the tone, with Märkl offering a moody account of some of the moodiest music in the French repertoire. Mystery is at the heart of his approach to the Nocturnes, too. And the three piano studies (Nos 9, 10 and 12) turn out to be unusually effective in orchestral guise.”
Irish Times, January 2009