Debussy: La boîte à joujoux; Children’s Corner; Petite suite; Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire; Danse; Fantaisie; Première rapsodie; Danse sacrée et danse profane; Saxophone Rapsodie; Sarabande; L’isle joyeuse; La plus que lente; Clair de lune

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COMPOSERS: Debussy
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: La boîte à joujoux; Children’s Corner; Petite suite; Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire; Danse; Fantaisie; Première rapsodie; Danse sacrée et danse profane; Saxophone Rapsodie; Sarabande; L’isle joyeuse; La plus que lente; Clair de lune
PERFORMER: Anne Queffélec (piano), Christopher King (clarinet), Rachel Masters (harp), Gerard McChrystal (saxophone); Ulster Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 7017, 7018 DDD (1989/93)
Taken from the best Debussy cycle to appear in the CD era, these repackagings gather the items that one-disc-at-a-time buyers tend to miss. Playing combines flair, care, and great musical enjoyment. High points include the superb Anne Queffélec as solo pianist in the Fantaisie and some rare items: the Rapsodie for alto sax, the whimsical orchestration of La plus que lente featuring cimbalom, and piano pieces scored by other hands. The Ulster Hall acoustic is spacious but clear. Robert Maycock

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