1. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, L.86
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra;  Barry Wordsworth, conductor


2. Préludes, Book 1, L.117: No. 4: Des pas sur la neige
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

3. Préludes, Book 1, L.117: No. 9: La serenade interrompue
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

4. Préludes, Book 1, L.117: No. 11: La danse de Puck
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

String Quartet in G Minor, L.85, Op.10
Galimir String Quartet
5. I. Animé et très décidé
6. II. Assez vif et bien rythmé
7. III. Andantino doucement expressif
8. IV. Très modéré

Printemps, symphonic suite for chorus, piano and orchestra, L.61
Denver Symphony Orchestra; Phillippe Entremont, conductor
9. I. Trés modéré
10. II. 2.Modéré

Sonata for Violin and Piano, L.140
Jan Tomasow, violin; Franz Holetschek, piano
11. I. Allegro vivo
12. II. Intermède: fantasque et léger
13. III. Finale: très animé

Ariettes Oubliees, L.60
Hugues Cuenod, tenor; Jacqueline Blancard, piano

14. I. C’est l’extase langoureuse
15. II. Il pleure dans mon cœur
16. III. L’ombre des arbres
17. IV. Chevaux de bois
18. V. Aquarelles I. Green: Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles
19. VI. Aquarelles II. Spleen: Les roses étaient toutes rouges

Nocturnes, L.91
Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Comissiona, conductor
Women of the Houston Symphony Chorale

20. I. Nuages
21. II. Fêtes
22. III. Sirènes

23. La Plus Que Lente for Piano and Violin, L.121 (arr. Leon Roques)
Jan Tomasow, violin; Franz Holetschek, piano

24. Il Pleure Dans Mon Coeur (arr. Arthur Hartmann)
Jan Tomasow, violin; Franz Holetschek, piano

25.Minstrels, from Ariettes Oubliees (arr. Claude Debussy)
Jan Tomasow, violin; Franz Holetschek, piano

26.Suite bergamasque, L.75: III. Clair de Lune
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

27. 2 Arabesques, L.66: No. 1 in E Major
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

28. Suite Bergamasque, L.75: I. Prélude
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

29. Images, Premiere Serie, L.110: I. Reflets dans l'Eau
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

30. Reverie, L.68
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

31. Preludes, Book 1, L.117: VIII. La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl With The Flaxen Hair)
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

32. Estampes, L. 100: I. Pagodes
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

33. Preludes, Book 1, L.117: 10. La cathedral engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques, L.109
Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Comissiona, conductor

34. I. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
35. II. Jeux de Vagues
36. III. Dialogue du Vent et de la Mer

37. 2 Arabesques, L. 66: No. 2 in G Major      
Ronan O’Hora, piano

38. Suite Bergamasque, L.75: IV. Passepied
Ronan O’Hora, piano

39. Images, Premiere Serie, L.110: III. Hommage a Rameau
Ronan O’Hora, piano

40. Preludes, Book 1, L.117: II. Voiles    
Ronan O’Hora, piano

41. Preludes, Book 1, L.117: IV. Les Sons et Les Parfums Tournent Dans l'air Du Soir
Ronan O’Hora, piano

42. Preludes, Book 1, L.117: XII. Minstrels
Ronan O’Hora, piano

43. Children’s Corner, L.113: V. The Little Shepherd
Ronan O’Hora, piano

44. Children’s Corner, L.113: VI. Golliwogg's Cakewalk
Ronan O’Hora, piano

45. L'Isle Joyeuse, L.106
Ronan O’Hora, piano

Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L.137
Paula Robison, flute; Scott Nickrenz, viola; Heidi Lehwalder, harp

46. I. Pastorale
47. II. Interlude
48. III. Finale

49. Trois Melodies de Verlaine, L.81: II. L'échelonnement des haies moutonne à l'infini
Hugues Cuenod, tenor; Jacqueline Blancard, pian

50. 12 Songs: I. Mandoline
Hugues Cuenod, tenor; Jacqueline Blancard, piano

51. 2 Arabesques, L.66: No. 1 in E Major
Hubert Jellinek, harp

52. Premiere Rhapsody, L.116
Jack Brymer, clarinet; Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Felix Prohaska, conductor


And the Winner Is…Debussy

The online Facebook community voted in May 2015 and the winner of the first online Bach Guild poll was the “Little Big Box of Debussy”. This title has been “on the books” for a while, but recent additions of catalog to the Bach Guild have made this box bigger, and better.

Much of the Vanguard repertoire included on this boxed set is getting its digital debut with this release. In fact, the only Debussy to be widely available in digital form are the Preludes performed by Sviatoslav Richter on the Vanguard “Richter in Paris” LP release.

Debussy might not have been well-represented in the Vanguard catalog, but we were still able to put together a diverse box that touches on Debussy’s most well-known works, mixed with some of his chamber works and songs.

The other fine development is the first inclusion of a new recording in The Bach Guild. Pianist Jeffrey Biegel’s recordings of beloved Debussy solo piano works makes its debut on this playlist.

Returning from the depths of the Vanguard vaults is a recording from the marvelous Swiss tenor Hugues Cuenod and pianist Jacqueline Blancard, of “Ariettes Oubliees” and three other songs. Available only on LP and long, long out of print, this lovely performance even has a few snippets of studio talk – we couldn’t edit everything out of the master tapes we had, as the chatty vocalist seemed determined to talk endlessly through the session.

Not quite as long lost, but long out of print are the Houston Symphony Orchestra’s recordings of two of Debussy’s large orchestral works. “La Mer” and “Nocturnes” are heard here, and are available for the first time since the late 1980s. Omega, which followed Vanguard Classics, regained control of the Vanguard classical catalog and reissued many recordings, but oddly, these were not among them. So Vanguard issued CDs in the late 1980s, but Omega never made these recordings available on CD. So we’re happy to finally offer these performances, conducted by Sergiu Comissiona.

There are some lovely violin and piano performances by Jan Tomasow and Franz Holotschek, beautifully recorded, that are finally available digitally as well.

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