Notes and Editorial Reviews
Though not domestically available (you can get it from any French mail order service such as FNAC), this disc will prove so interesting to anyone who loves Debussy's Preludes that I felt obligated to bring it to your attention. Danish composer Niels Rosing-Schow, who among other things is managing editor of Da Capo records, is a master orchestrator, and he has selected 14 preludes and arranged them for an ensemble consisting of various flutes and clarinets, bassoon, trumpet, harp, and string trio--eight players in all. The results are simply marvelous. He captures the comic gruffness of "General Lavine"-excentric to perfection. Des pas sur la neige features a bluesy trumpet solo that
recalls the slow movement of Gershwin's piano concerto (except of course Debussy composed his piece much earlier). A rare appearance by contrabass clarinet adds its cavernous, hollow tone to Brouillards, and Rosing-Schow achieves an amazing lushness of texture in Les collines d'Anacapri, which concludes the disc.
You won't find The Engulfed Cathedral here, or Debussy's dazzling What the West Wind Heard; in general, Rosing-Schow has avoided the preludes containing large amounts of block chords or complex pianistic textures that require equality of tone color for proper balance. Rather, he has selected music of a more linear orientation and emphasized these qualities with incredible sensitivity and attention to tonal nuance. The Danish Chamber Players, for whom these arrangements were composed, play them with proprietary pride, and the recording offers an ideal combination of detail and warmth. If you can find this disc, grab it. [3/13/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Préludes: Excerpt(s) by Claude Debussy
Danish Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909-1913; France
Notes: Arranger: Niels Rosing-Schow.
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