This collection features works from across thecomposer’s career, from his early winning of the Prixde Rome, as a result of which he composed the delicatecantataLa Demoiselle éluein 1887. Recorded followingthe highly acclaimed Proms performance andfeaturing stand-out soloists Anna Stéphany andSophie Bevan, hailed by reviewers “Bevan’s operaticcredentials were in full bloom, as her supple vibratoinvited an expressive quality to the ethereal setting ofDebussy’s cantata.” BachtrackThe enigmaticNocturnesdate from 1897-9 andshow the composer at the height of his orchestralpowers, in music that is highly evocative of mood andwhich displays deft instrumental writing.Mastery of instrumental writing is furtherevidenced in the technically demandingPremièreRapsodie,which calls upon the full range of emotionsfrom the soloist; here the Hallé’s Principal Clarinet,Sergio Castelló López.The album features a world premiere recording ofColin Matthew’s orchestration of the piano pieceLessoirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon, unknown until itsdiscovery in 2001. This arrangement followsMatthews’ universally acclaimed orchestrations of theDebussy Preludes
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