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Debussy - Jeux

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2162 SACD
Release date2017-07-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time75:18

Several works by Claude Debussy have become ballets ‘after the fact’, so to speak – as early as 1912, Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes used his Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, and later choreographers have created ballets based on scores like Printemps, Gigues (from Images) and Nuages and Fêtes (from Nocturnes).

Debussy only conceived three works as ballets, however, and those are gathered on this present disc from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui. All three were written between 1911–1913, during a period when the composer was under some financial pressure, and in the case of Khamma, Debussy himself admitted that ‘considerations of domestic finances’ contributed to him undertaking the commission for this ‘danced legend’ about an Egyptian dancer struck down by the sun-god Amun-Ra. Having finished the piano score, Debussy asked Charles Kœchlin to complete the orchestration under his supervision. He was more enthusiastic about a commission from the highly fashionable Ballets Russes, and did indeed complete Jeux himself – but only two weeks after the first performance, the company’s première of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring completely eclipsed Debussy’s new work. Jeux had to wait until the 1950s for full recognition, championed not least by Pierre Boulez, who regarded it as one of the most prophetic works of the twentieth century.

Of the three works on the disc, it is probably the children’s ballet La Boîte à joujoux (The Toybox) that gave its creator the greatest pleasure. He finished a version for solo piano in 1913 and dedicated it to his daughter Emma. The music includes children’s songs, bugle calls and imitations of musical boxes as well as parodies of well-known operas and quotations from his own and other works.
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    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
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    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
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    • MP3 Stereo
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
01 Jeux, poème dansé en un acte, L. 133 19:09 $ 4.60 USD
  Khamma, légende dansée, L. 132 21:56
02 Prélude. Moderément animé 09:03 $ 2.17 USD
03 1ère Danse. Grave et lent 03:34 $ 0.86 USD
04 2ème Danse. Assez animé 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
05 3ème Danse. Très lent 07:32 $ 1.81 USD
  La Boîte à joujoux, ballet pour enfants, L. 136 34:08
06 Prélude. Le Sommeil de la boîte 02:56 $ 0.70 USD
07 1er Tableau. Le Magasin de jouets 10:36 $ 2.54 USD
08 2ème Tableau. Le Champ de bataille 10:07 $ 2.43 USD
09 3ème Tableau. La Bergerie à vendre 06:39 $ 1.60 USD
10 4ème Tableau. Après fortune faite 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
11 Épilogue 02:11 $ 0.52 USD
  Album total 75:18
ComposerDebussy, Claude
ConductorShui, Lan
OrchestraSingapore Symphony Orchestra

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