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Debussy: Orchestral Works / Lan Shui, Singapore Symphony


Release Date: 06/07/2019 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: BIS-2232  
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude DelangleGulnara Mashurova
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The works on this recording were written at various periods in Claude Debussy’s life, and reflect different aspects of him: from a young man stylistically unsure of himself to the confident maître, from a jobbing composer struggling to fulfill sometimes incongruous commissions to a man worn down by illness and outer events.

The disc opens with Printemps – a work originally for choir, piano and orchestra written in 1887 during Debussy’s stay in Italy as a winner of the Prix de Rome, but only published 25 years later in an orchestration made by Henri Büsser under the composer’s supervision.

Three of the works that follow were commissions – the Rapsodie from a lady saxophonist, the Marche
Read more écossaise from an American general of Scottish descent and the Deux Dances from the instrument-maker Pleyel wanting to market a new model for a chromatic harp. Chronologically the last work on the programme, Berceuse héroique is Debussy's contribution to a tribute to the king of Belgium at the beginning of the Great War. Having rejected the idea of writing a heroic march in the safety of his own home he instead opted for a lullaby for piano, which he orchestrated the following year. The closing work on the disc, however, is Nocturnes, for which Debussy borrowed the title from a series of atmospheric paintings by James Whistler. Made up of three equally atmospheric movements, it is today one of Debussy’s best-loved compositions for orchestra. Nocturnes also forms the end of a trilogy of Debussy albums from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui. Critical acclaim for the team range from ‘superb’ (BBC Music Magazine, about La mer) and ‘unquestionably world-class’ (Klassik-Heute.de, about the orchestra) to ‘a magnificent disc’ – the French magazine Classica’s verdict on the three ballet scores Jeux, Khamma and La Boîte à joujoux. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Printemps by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; France 
Notes: (Arr. by Henri Busser.) 
2.
Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Claude Delangle (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; France 
3.
Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1891; France 
4.
Berceuse heroïque by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; France 
5.
Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Gulnara Mashurova (Harp)
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
6.
Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Lan Shui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; France 

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