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Debussy Orchestrated

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2622 SACD
Release date2022-02-04
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time65:07

With the present disc, Pascal Rophé and his Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire pay tribute to their great countryman, Claude Debussy – but not with the standard orchestral fare. Debussy Orchestrated paints a portrait of a light-hearted composer, seen through the eyes of two of his collaborators, Henri Büsser and André Caplet, who transferred the works recorded here from the keyboard to the orchestra. In Petite Suite, composed for piano four hands in 1899, Debussy makes allusions to Fêtes galantes by Paul Verlaine, the poet who so often inspired him. Büsser’s orchestration of this light and pleasant suite was made in 1907, and obviously pleased Debussy, as he later entrusted him with making an orchestral version of Printemps.

As for Children’s Corner and La Boîte à joujoux, it is probably fair to say that the composer’s main inspiration was his own daughter, Claude-Emma, born in 1905. Both works are dedicated to her, and it is easy to imagine that some of the characters that appear in Children’s Corner had their counterparts among her toys. Letting toys come alive in a ballet was the idea that illustrator André Hellé a few years later presented to Debussy with La Boîte à joujoux. The piano version of the piece was published, with Hellé’s illustrations, in time for Christmas in 1913 and Debussy began orchestrating it the following year, but died before he could complete the task. His friend André Caplet – who had already orchestrated Children’s Corner – took over and the ballet was finally premièred in December 1919.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Debussy, Claude
  Petite suite, L. 65 14:40
01 I. En Bateau 04:21 $ 1.04 USD
02 II. Cortège 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
03 III. Menuet 03:20 $ 0.80 USD
04 IV. Ballet 03:27 $ 0.83 USD
  La Boîte à joujoux, L. 136 31:51
05 Prélude. Le Sommeil de la boîte 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
06 1er Tableau. Le Magasin de jouets 11:06 $ 2.66 USD
07 2ème Tableau. Le Champ de bataille 09:03 $ 2.17 USD
08 3ème Tableau. La Bergerie à vendre 06:20 $ 1.52 USD
09 4ème Tableau. Après fortune faite 01:47 $ 0.43 USD
10 Épilogue 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
  Children’s Corner, L. 113 18:30
11 I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 02:41 $ 0.64 USD
12 II. Jumbo's Lullaby - Berceuse des éléphants 03:54 $ 0.94 USD
13 III. Serenade for the Doll - Sérénade à la Poupée 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
14 IV. The Snow is Dancing - La neige danse 02:53 $ 0.69 USD
15 V. The Little Shepherd - Le petit berger 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
16 VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk 03:34 $ 0.86 USD
  Album total 65:07
OrchestraOrchestre National des Pays de la Loire
ConductorRophe, Pascal
ComposerDebussy, Claude
ArrangerBusser, Henri
Caplet, André

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