Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – Images / Sarabande / Danse / Marche ecossaise / La plus que lente
Orchestre National de Lyon • Jun Märkl
The music of three nations—Britain, Spain and France—inspired Debussy’s Images for orchestra, which occupied him from 1905 to 1912. Originally conceived for two pianos, this third set draws on several folk songs in its outer movements, the tripartite middle movement evoking in musical terms Spanish sights, sounds and fragrances. Vivid orchestrations by the composer or admired colleagues of short piano pieces likewise embrace contrasting moods and national characters. Volumes 1 and 2 in this series have been highly praised.
“Over the years I’ve grown attached to conductor Jun Märkl’s Debussy series with the Orchestre National de Lyon as it has progressed volume by volume.
…because it is so lucid, with great clarity of detail, it seems almost transparent; and because it is so transparent, the music can appear to lack its sultry sense of heat. In fact what you realise is that, instead of listening to an impressionistic wash of ravishing orchestral sound, you are hearing detail gleaming from within the textures.”
Glasgow Herald, May 2010