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Debussy: Engulfed Cathedral, La Mer, L'isle Joyeuse
Philharmonia Orchestra - Geoffrey Simon, Conductor

Claude Debussy initially came under the spell of Germanic musical tradition, but soon rejected its sonata-forms, Teutonic philosophies and myth-laden Wagnerian music dramas. Instead, he found inspiration in color, light and shade, subtle harmonies and rhythms, and his own fantasy and imagination. Although the largest part of his output lies in his compositions for the piano, he was also a master of orchestral sonorities. Under his supervision, he would often let colleagues orchestrate his piano compositions for him. Later, arrangers from further afield followed suit, making orchestral transcriptions which brought Debussy's music out of the living room and recital hall to a wider concert-going public. Our program thus contains orchestral versions of some of Debussy's most evocative piano works, with, at their centre, his own masterful impression of the turbulent, constantly shifting sea.

[1] Engulfed Cathedral (arr Stokowski)
[2] L'Isle Joyeuse (Molinari)

      Deux Arabesques (Mouton)
[3] i. Andantino con moto
[4] ii. Allegretto scherzando

      La Mer
[5] i. De l'aube à midi sur la mer
[6] ii. Jeux de vagues
[7] iii. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
[8] Bruyères (Grainger)
[9] Danse-Tarantelle Styrienne (Ravel)
      Children's Corner (Caplet)
[10] i. Dr Gradus ad Parnassum
[11] ii. Jimbo's Lullaby
[12] iii. Serenade for the Doll
[13] iv. The Snow is Dancing
[14] v. The Little Shepherd
[15] vi. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk

Total Time: 69:18

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