Debussy Nocturnes


Released On
1st Nov 2019

Product Code
CD HLL 7552

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Claude Debussy

Sir Mark Elder

Sergio Castelló López, clarinet
Sophie Bevan, soprano
Anna Stéphany, mezzo-soprano
Sopranos and altos from Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Choir

The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder follow their previous highly acclaimed Debussy albums, with a stunning orchestral collection including a world premiere recording.

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Nocturnes (Nuages – Fêtes – Sirènes)
Première Rapsodie for clarinet
Marche écossaise sur un thème populaire
Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon (orch.Colin Matthews) – world premiere recording
La Damoiselle élue

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‘Sir Mark’s conducting was perfect in style and sympathy for Debussy’s musical sensibilities, and this was as fine a realisation of the work as one is likely to hear for a long time.’
Seen and Heard review of La Damoiselle élue, BBC Proms 2018

  • 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 Damoiselle élue in 1887. Recorded following the highly acclaimed Proms performance and featuring stand-out soloists Anna Stéphany and Sophie Bevan, hailed by reviewers “Bevan’s operatic credentials were in full bloom, as her supple vibrato invited an expressive quality to the ethereal setting of Debussy’s cantata.” Bachtrack
  • 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 Première Rapsodie, which calls upon the full range of emotions from the soloist; here the Hallé’s Principal Clarinet, Sergio Castelló López
  • The album features a world premiere recording of Colin Matthew’s orchestration of the piano piece Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon, unknown until its discovery in 2001. This arrangement follows Matthews’ universally acclaimed orchestrations of the Debussy Preludes

Previous Debussy albums from Hallé won numerous accolades including:

La Mer & Preludes orchestrated by Colin Matthews (CD HLL 7513) – Diapason d’Or winner‘Rarely have I heard the hostility of the sea evoked as eerily as in [Mark Elder’s] polished account of Debussy’s “La Mer”.’
The Observer

Jeux & Preludes orchestrated by Colin Matthews (CD HLL 7518)‘…more than orchestrations, they are recreations achieved by entering into the mind and thought of the original composer. Beautiful performances.’
The Sunday Telegraph, of Matthews Preludes orchestrations

Nocturnes was recorded live on 4 April 2019 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Première Rapsodie recorded on 1 August and La Damoiselle élue recorded 31 July 2018 in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Marche écossaise and Les soirs illuminés recorded on 11 May 2019 in BBC Studios, Salford

Producer Jeremy Hayes
Engineer Steve Portnoi


The CD is on general release from 1 November 2019 for £12.99.

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