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DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 7 (Markl) - Fantaisie / 2 Danses / Rhapsodies

DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 7 (Markl) - Fantaisie / 2 Danses / Rhapsodies

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release date: January 2012


Artists:

Lyon National Opera OrchestraLyon National Orchestra


Markl, Jun


Jun Markl

Soloist

Venue:

Auditorium de Lyon, France



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 51:06
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DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 7 (Markl) - Fantaisie / 2 Danses / Rhapsodies

     
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CLAUDE DEBUSSY

 

Fantaisie

 
1 I. Andante ma non troppo 7:44
     
2 

Fantaisie

16:33
     
3 

Premiere rapsodie (version for clarinet and orchestra)

7:36
     
 

JEAN ROGER-DUCASSE

4 

Rapsodie (orch. R. Roger-Ducasse)

10:00
     
 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

 

2 Danses, "Danses sacree et profane"

 
5 No. 1. Danse sacree 4:32
     
6 No. 2. Danse profante 4:41
     
 Jun Markl Soloist
 Markl, Jun


An important marker in Debussy’s compositional development, the Fantaisie reflects something of the influence of César Franck’s Symphonic Variations yet embodies his own new aesthetic. Unpublished in Debussy’s lifetime, it is heard here in its 1968 revision. The delicately evocative Rapsodie for saxophone is an exotic work with an ‘oriental’ atmosphere and Spanish or Moorish associations. Although composed as a Conservatoire test piece, the Première Rapsodie for Clarinet has long since entered the repertoire as an important addition for the instrument. The glittering Danses for harp and strings recall Satie’s Gymnopédies, with the Danse profane in particular calling for a degree of virtuosity. Volume 6 of this much-admired series (8.572583) was praised for its ‘subtle and sensitive readings’.- Gramophone magazine

"Each of these performances is filled with rapture and excitement ... this performance uses the 1968 edition that incorporates all the orchestral changes [Jean-Yves Thibaudet] made to the original, and it sounds dazzling ... This is impressionism at its best…the sound…is smooth and rich with a firm bass, the four soloists are all stellar, and Märkl and his orchestra are simply superb... The best-engineered recordings “travel well”, i.e., are just as effective whether heard on a huge sound system, a cheap one, headphones, or in a car ..."
 

Gil French - American Record Guide - March 2012 


"This disc brings together the composer’s four concertante pieces with excellent soloists ... Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet ... proves as stylish as ever in Debussy’s early Fantaisie... 
Thibaudet and Märkl find a touching, inward quality in the slow movement, marked Lento e molto espressivo, and plenty of light-fingered brio in the finale. The remainder of the program 
is even better. Meyer’s mellow clarinet and Doisy’s liquid saxophone bring out the light and shade in their short rhapsodies. This is the most mysterious performance of the Saxophone Rhapsody I know, and under Märkl’s alert direction the fine Lyon orchestra is with their soloist all the way. The Danses sacrées et profanes provide a magical encore ..."  ****½ 
 
Phillip Scott - Limelight Magazine - March 2012
 

                   Artistic Quality 9            Sound Quality 9
"...[Jun Märkl’s] performance is lovely: ripely romantic, rhythmically vital, and a joy from beginning to end... Naxos’ engineering is consistently fine. A very enjoyable release."
 
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - January 2012
 

"Soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Paul Meyer, Alexandre Doisy, and Emmanuel Ceysson all take their star turns with the wonderful Orchestre National de Lyon in Debussy works that feature various instruments. Perhaps the most grand and impressive piece on the album is the Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra. Thibaudet’s piano is recorded with crystal clarity, and his performance sounds very bright and clean. Paul Meyer’s clarinet is so liquid and technically flawless, when playing both legato or with rapid agility, that it is a delight to hear. The same could be said for Alexandre Doisy’s solo, the Rapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra; the saxophonist is smoothly integrated into the orchestra, even amidst the powerful brass. Ceysson’s harp builds in intensity and acceleration so perfectly, accompanied by an orchestra that follows with perfect synchronicity ... enjoyable, and the excellent musicians deserve to be heard." 

 
V Vasan - Allmusic.com - December 2011
 

"The magical sounds conjured up by Jun Märkl and his stunning orchestra seduce the ear with Debussy’s concertante music. Jean-Yves Thibaudet is…on commanding form, while Paul Meyer’s dreamy phrasing proves unfailingly seductive in the Clarinet Rhapsody…Finest of all are the two harp dances, which shimmer iridescently.Another artistic triumph from Märkl and his distinguished soloists ..."  ****
 
Classic FM

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Ricardo Risaliti - Musica magazine - March 2012


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Giselher Schubert - Fono Forum -  February 2012




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