Debussy - La Mer, Iberia, Images Book 1 (orch. Matthews), 6 Epigraphes antiques | Pentatone PTC5186627

Debussy - La Mer, Iberia, Images Book 1 (orch. Matthews), 6 Epigraphes antiques

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186627

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Conductor

Gustavo Gimeno

Works

Debussy, Claude

Epigraphes antiques (6) (orch. Rudolf Escher)
Images pour orchestre
» II Iberia
Images pour piano, Book 1 (orch. Colin Matthews)
La Mer

Artists

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Conductor

Gustavo Gimeno

About

Released in the year of Claude Debussy's death centenary, this album demonstrates the exceptional harmonic and colouristic richness of his music. Centrepiece of the album is La Mer (1903-1905), a musical realization of the composer's "sincere devotion to the sea" that revolutionized orchestral composition in the early twentieth-century.

Iberia takes the listener on a trip to Spain, whereas the Six Epigraphes antiques (1914), here performed in the orchestration of Rudolf Escher, evoke ancient Greece and Egypt. The biggest novelty on this album is Colin Matthews's new, lush orchestration of Images, Book 1 (1901-1905), one of Debussy's most-cherished piano works.

With this Debussy collection, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and its Music Director Gustavo Gimeno continue their acclaimed Pentatone series of composer portraits that already featured monographs of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel, Mahler and Stravinsky.

“The performances throughout by the Orchestre Philharmonique Morning Rain) du Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno are excellent, highly polished yet full of subtle nuance, wit and spirit, beautifully captured in SACD sound” - BBC Music Magazine

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