Debussy - La Mer (2018)

Debussy

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Gustavo Gimeno

AN ODE TO THE SEA

Released in the year of Claude Debussy’s death centenary, this album demonstrates the exceptional harmonic and colouristic richness of his music. Centrepiece of the album is La Mer (1903-1905), a musical realization of the composer’s “sincere devotion to the sea” that revolutionized orchestral composition in the early twentieth-century. Ibéria takes the listener on a trip to Spain, whereas the Six Épigraphes antiques (1914), here performed in the orchestration of Rudolf Escher, evoke ancient Greece and Egypt. The biggest novelty on this album is Colin Matthews’ new, lush orchestration of Images. Book 1 (1901-1905), one of Debussy’s most-cherished piano works.

With this Debussy collection, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and its Music Director Gustavo Gimeno continue their acclaimed PENTATONE series of composer portraits that already features monographs of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel, Mahler and Stravinsky.

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Gustavo Gimeno

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when at that time he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. Significant experience was also harnessed in assisting Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, with whom he forged an intense and influential mentorship. Following his acclaimed conducting debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014, Gustavo Gimeno took up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with the 2015-16 season. In his second season, he continues this partnership with a focus on the great orchestral literature including Mahler Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé”, Stravinsky’s “Sacre” and new commissions of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Francisco Coll. Aside from his Music Director commitments in Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno has collaborated with a select list of orchestras including Munich Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Zurich. In 2015, Gimeno led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on tour to Asia. In 2016-17 season, Gimeno will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. He will also appear in Vienna twice that season, with the OPL at the Wiener Konzerthaus and with Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein. “His musical rhetorics are refined, his grip on the structure of the compositions is accurate and convincing” observed Joep Stapel in the NRC Handelsblad, “Gimeno knew how to keep the tension and made the musicians … excel.”
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Debussy - La Mer (2018)

Debussy

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Executive Producer: Renaud Loranger
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Kees de Visser
Recording location: Philharmonie Luxembourg in September 2016 and July 2018

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La Mer - I De l'aube a midi sur la mer (From Dawn to Midday on the Sea)
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La Mer - II Jeux de vagues (Play of the Waves)
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La Mer - III Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea)
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Images pour orchestre (for orchestra): No. 2 Iberia - Par les rues et les chemins (Through the Stree
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Images pour orchestre (for orchestra): No. 2 Iberia - Les parfums de la nuit (The Fragrance of the N
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Images pour orchestre (for orchestra): No. 2 Iberia - Le matin d'un jour de fete (The Morning of a F
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Images. Premier Livre (Book 1) orch. Colin Matthews - I Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the Water
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Images. Premier Livre (Book 1) orch. Colin Matthews - II Hommage a Rameau (Tribute to Rameau)
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Images. Premier Livre (Book 1) orch. Colin Matthews - III Mouvement (Movement)
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Six Epigraphes antiques, orch. Rudolf Escher - Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'ete (To invoke Pan,
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Six Epigraphes antiques, orch. Rudolf Escher - Pour un tombeau sans nom (For a Nameless Tomb)
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Six Epigraphes antiques, orch. Rudolf Escher - Pour que la nuit soit propice (In Order that the Nigh
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Six Epigraphes antiques, orch. Rudolf Escher - Pour la danseuse aux crotales (For the Dancer with Cr
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Six Epigraphes antiques, orch. Rudolf Escher - Pour l'Egyptienne (For the Egyptian Woman)
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Six Epigraphes antiques, orch. Rudolf Escher - Pour remercier la pluie au matin (To thank the Mornin
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