La Mer (1903-1905)

  1. 1) I De l'aube à midi sur la mer (From Dawn to Midday on the Sea)

    8.46

  2. 2) II Jeux de vagues (Play of the Waves)

    6.49

  3. 3) III Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea)

    8.15

Images pour orchestre (for orchestra): N°2 Ibéria (1905-1908)

  1. 4) Par les rues et les chemins (Through the Streets and the Paths)

    7.17

  2. 5) Les parfums de la nuit (The Fragrance of the Night)

    7.44

  3. 6) Le matin d'un jour de fête (The Morning of a Festival Day)

    4.56

Images. Premier Livre (Book 1) (1901—1905) orch. Colin Matthews (2018)

  1. 7) I Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the Water)

    6.12

  2. 8) II Hommage à Rameau (Tribute to Rameau)

    8.01

  3. 9) III Mouvement (Movement)

    4.17

Six Épigraphes antiques (1914) orch. Rudolf Escher (1978)

  1. 10) Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été (To invoke Pan, God of the Summer Wind)

    2.16

  2. 11) Pour un tombeau sans nom (For a Nameless Tomb)

    3.41

  3. 12) Pour que la nuit soit propice (In Order that the Night be Propitious)

    2.06

  4. 13) Pour la danseuse aux crotales (For the Dancer with Crotales)

    2.32

  5. 14) Pour l’Égyptienne (For the Egyptian Woman)

    2.58

  6. 15) Pour remercier la pluie au matin (To thank the Morning Rain)

    2.14

CD information

AN ODE TO THE SEA

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. Ibéria takes the listener on a trip to Spain, whereas the Six Épigraphes antiques (1914), here performed in the orchestration of Rudolf Escher, evoke ancient Greece and Egypt. The biggest novelty on this album is Colin Matthews’ 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.

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