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DEBUSSY, C.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 (Markl) - La boite a joujoux / Estampes Nos. 1 and 2 / L'isle joyeuse / 6 Epigraphes antiques

Composer(s):Debussy, Claude
Artist(s) Markl, Jun, Conductor • Lyon National Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572568
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Volume 5 of Naxos’s acclaimed series of Debussy’s orchestral music presents a potpourri of works that were either left incomplete by the composer or were orchestrated by others who greatly admired his music. His rarely-heard children’s ballet The Toy Box, dedicated to Debussy’s daughter Emma-Claude but not premièred until after the composer’s death, recalls the innocent world of his popular Children’s Corner suite. Based on Pierre Louÿs’ Chansons de Bilitis, Debussy’s Six épigraphes antiques evoke poetic scenes from the ancient world, as does the sole surviving portion of The Triumph of Bacchus.


Review By Diapason,August 2011


Review By Record Geijutsu,June 2011

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Review By Brian Wilson,MusicWeb International,May 2011

I’ve been slow to catch up with this Naxos series of Debussy’s orchestral works. The response to the earlier releases from other reviewers has been so mixed that I was very pleased to have the opportunity to judge this fifth volume for myself. Would I react like Bob Briggs, who was underwhelmed by the first volume, though he thought it worth having overall or like Kevin Sutton, who was more impressed, without quite going overboard or would I side with reviewers elsewhere who have been both more and less positive? The dichotomy is illustrated by the high praise afforded Volumes 3 and 4 in one magazine where another reviewer had been critical of Volumes 1 and 2.


Review By Julian Haylock,Classic FM,April 2011

The Music Debussy’s languid sensuality was at its most potent when evoking gentle movement, as in the delightful vignettes of his children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux (‘The Toy Box’) and the Estampes’ headily scented evocations of the Orient and Spain.


Review By Bob McQuiston,Classical Lost and Found,March 2011

...the fifth in Naxos’ ongoing series devoted to orchestral works either by Debussy himself, or arranged by others from his piano music. All of the selections on this CD are from the latter category, beginning with La Boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box, 1913), which like his earlier Children’s Corner (1906–08) was written for his young daughter. Both pieces were for the most part orchestrated by Debussy’s good friend André Caplet (1878–1925, who was a highly regarded conductor-composer in his own right.


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