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Debussy: Printemps, La Boite a Joujoux, Children's Corner / Dutoit


Release Date: 01/25/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 444386   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude Debussy
Performer:  Pierre-Vincent PlanteTed BaskinJames Earl Barnes
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As Calum MacDonald points out in his excellent note, Debussy, an acknowledged master of the orchestra, was not averse to co-opting assistance in preparing orchestral scores if time pressed or his interest waned. Hence this attractive compilation, in which his originals are (mainly) dressed up by other hands. Debussy composed the early post-Massenet suite Printemps, for example, during his student period in Rome in 1887. The full score was later lost, so Henri Büsser prepared its replacement under Debussy’s supervision in 1912, by which time the composer’s style had changed considerably. André Caplet, another regular collaborator, worked on the orchestration of Children’s Corner and (after the composer’s death) on that of the Read more rather forgettable toybox ballet Le boîte à joujoux, which the composer dropped in 1914. The odd man out, the orchestral version of Debussy’s affectionate satire on Parisian waltz fashions of 1910, La plus que lente, is Claude’s inimitable own, cimbalom and all. Each orchestration shows a skilled hand at work, and they are played here with virtuosity and style. The sound is unimpeachable.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Printemps by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 15 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
La boîte à joujoux by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Pierre-Vincent Plante (English Horn)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 33 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3.
Children's Corner by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Ted Baskin (Oboe)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  St Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 16 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  James Earl Barnes (Cimbalom)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  St Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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