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DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 (Markl) - Le martyre de St. Sebastien / Khamma / Le roi Lear

Composer(s):Debussy, Claude
Artist(s) Markl, Jun, Conductor • Lyon National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572297
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The fourth volume in Naxos’s highly praised series of Debussy’s Orchestral Works presents music drawn from three of his theatrical ventures and from one of his Prix de Rome entries. The prelude, fanfares and four symphonic fragments from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien were taken for concert performance from Debussy’s incidental music for Gabriele D’Annunzio’s scandalous mystery play. While rarely heard today, the ‘danced legend’ Khamma, set in ancient Egypt, and incidental music for Shakespeare’s King Lear, provide suitably atmospheric music, as do the Cortège et air de danse from The Prodigal Son, the cantata which gained Debussy the Prix de Rome in 1884.


   




Review By Roger Nichols,BBC Music Magazine,January 2011

Both [Debussy’s] ‘mystery’ Le martyre de Saint Sébastien and his ‘danced legend’ Khamma have suffered unjustified neglect. This recording will, I hope, do much to restore the balance. The four symphonic fragments and the prelude ‘Le chamber magique’ contain much of the ‘mystery’s best music…and Märkl draws beautiful playing from the Lyon orchestra, descending to true but telling pianissimos. If anything they play even better in Khamma, which comes over as one of Debussy’s most inventive works.








 

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