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Debussy: 14 Preludes (Orchestrated) / Thorel, Danish Chamber Players

Danish Chamber Players Jean Thorel, Conductor
Release Date: 01/15/2002 
Label:  Mandala   Catalog #: 5025  
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Thorel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Chamber Players
Number of Discs: 1 
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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
Read more 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

1.
Préludes, Book 2: no 6, General Lavine - eccentric by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Thorel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Notes: Arranger: Niels Rosing-Schow.  
2.
Préludes, Book 1: no 6, Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Thorel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; France 
Notes: Arranger: Niels Rosing-Schow. 
3.
Préludes: Excerpt(s) by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Thorel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1913; France 
Notes: Arranger: Niels Rosing-Schow. 

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