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Gemini - Debussy: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Martinon, Ortf Orchestra


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65240   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jules GoetgheluckMarie-Claire JametAldo CiccoliniJohn Leach,   ... 
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I’m never quite sure what goes through record companies’ minds when they lease or license material but EMI has clearly seen good sense in reissuing these recordings very soon after licensing them to Brilliant Classics, who issued them in a four CD boxed set (Brilliant Classics 92765). EMI had itself issued a big eight CD set of Debussy and Ravel – four discs to each composer – on CZS 5755262. The recycling and leasing of material at least goes to show one indisputable fact. Whereas not every recording here is going to be the moist imaginatively played or the most evocatively nuanced, they have all stood the test of time and the accountants’ scythe. Recorded over thirty years ago they have proved durable and important recordings, fully Read more worthy of a rejigging in EMI’s Gemini series.

The new format is two twofers. The second twofer features a raft of soloists and orchestrations. Lest I give the impression that Martinon’s deft clear sightedness is impervious to charm one could do worse than listen to Children’s Corner. Wind playing, sectional balance and rhythmic pointing are all a delight. En bateau from the Petite Suite is of a piece – a reading that eschews extraneous gesture in favour of the essence. And if there’s not much sign of Stokowski’s voluptuous approach in Danse sacrée et danse profane Martinon’s solutions are, if less voluble and exciting, always clean-limbed, analytical and superbly thought through.

Ciccolini impresses in the Fantasie where his articulation is deft and the orchestral support suitably robust when required. John Leach bring some cimbalom spice to Le plus que lente but Guy Dangain impresses even more in the Première Rapsodie with his very personalised tonal qualities and athletic fingering. Jean-Marie Loneix’s very French, rather woolly, saxophone tone is on display in the Rapsodie and there’s an exciting generation of rhythmic intensity here. There are other bits and pieces that you will need for a complete and representative Debussy orchestral collection and they’re very well played if not always tremendously interesting.

If you seek swathes of colour and outsize personality in your Debussy you may find that Martinon under-characterises. If however you are satisfied with performances that are lucid, imaginative, thoughtful and unselfconscious then you will be very happy with Martinon. He has a special understanding of this – and allied – repertoire and his clarity and care in balance and dynamics are merely two of his great virtues in Debussy conducting. That’s why these performances exist in multiple competing editions – and long may they continue to do so.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jules Goetgheluck (Oboe)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Orchestrated: André Caplet
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
2. Petite suite for Piano 4 hands by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1886-1889; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Henri Büsser
Arranger: Paul-Henri Büsser.
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
3. Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Marie-Claire Jamet (Harp)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
4. La boîte à joujoux by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Orchestrated: André Caplet
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
5. Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
6. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  John Leach (Cimbalom)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
7. Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Guy Dangain (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
8. Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Jean-Marie Londeix (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
9. Khamma by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Fabienne Boury-Fournier (Piano)
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Charles Koechlin
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 
10. Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Jean Martinon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel
Arranger: Maurice Ravel.
Salle Wagram, Paris, France (1973 - 1974) 

Sound Samples

Children's Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Children's Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): 2. Jimbo's lullaby
Children's Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): 3. Serenade for the doll
Children's Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): 4. The snow is dancing
Children's Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): 5. The little shepherd
Children's Corner Suite (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): 6. Golliwogg's cakewalk
Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) (1998 Digital Remaster): I: En bateau
Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) (1998 Digital Remaster): II: Cortège
Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) (1998 Digital Remaster): III: Menuet
Petite Suite (orch. Henri Büsser) (1998 Digital Remaster): IV: Ballet
Danse sacrée et danse profane (1998 Digital Remaster): Danse sacrée -
Danse sacrée et danse profane (1998 Digital Remaster): Danse profane
La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): I: Le magasin de jouets
La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): II: Le champ de bataille
La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): III: La bergerie à vendre
La Boîte à joujoux (orch. André Caplet) (1998 Digital Remaster): IV: Après fortune faite
Fantaisie (for Piano and Orchestra) (1998 Digital Remaster): I: Andante - Allegro
Fantaisie (for Piano and Orchestra) (1998 Digital Remaster): II: Lento e molto espressivo
Fantaisie (for Piano and Orchestra) (1998 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro molto
La plus que lente (1998 Digital Remaster)
Première Rapsodie (for orchestra with principal clarinet) (1998 Digital Remaster)
Rapsodie (for orchestra with saxophone solo) (1998 Digital Remaster)
Khamma (Légende dansée - orch. Charles Koechlin) (1998 Digital Remaster)
Danse (Tarentelle styrienne - orch. Maurice Ravel) (1998 Digital Remaster)

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