|Claude Achille Debussy||
La Damoiselle élue,
Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon,
Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie',
Anna Stéphany (Mezzo-Soprano), Sophie Bevan (Soprano).
Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choir.
Hallé Orchestra – Sir Mark Elder.
The Halle and Sir Mark Elder follow their previous highly acclaimed Debussy albums, with a stunning orchestral collection including a world premiere recording. This collection features works from across the composer’s career, from his early winning of the Prix de Rome, as a result of which he composed the delicate cantata La Demoiselle elue in 1887.Recorded following the highly acclaimed Proms performance and featuring stand-out soloists Anna Stephany and Sophie Bevan, hailed by reviewers. The enigmatic Nocturnes date from 1897-9 and show the composer at the height of his orchestral powers, in music that is highly evocative of mood and which displays deft instrumental writing. Mastery of instrumental writing is further evidenced in the technically demanding Premiere Rhapsodie, which calls upon the full range of emotions from the soloist; here the Halle’s Principal Clarinet, Sergio Castello Lopez. The album features a world premiere recording of Colin Matthew’s orchestration of the piano piece Les soirs illumines par l’ardeur du charbon, unknown until its discovery in 2001. This arrangement follows Matthews’ universally acclaimed orchestrations of the Debussy Preludes.