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The Debussy Collection Box set, Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 18
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This limited-edition boxed set is for all who would like to hear more from the composer of famous works like Clair de lune and La Mer. The collection starts with a selection of popular orchestral pieces such as La Mer, Nocturnes, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune in legendary interpretations by Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein and Pierre Boulez. Perhaps best-known for his beautiful compositions for the piano, Debussy’s complete music for piano featuring Robert and Gaby Casadesus, Glenn Gould, Philippe Entremont, Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein and others is included on discs four-nine. The pieces for piano four hands are contributed by Gaby and Robert Casadesus while the chamber-music collections feature artists such as André Previn, James Levine, Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell, Pierre Rampal, James Galway, Isaac Stern and the Tokyo String Quartet.
The two CDs of songs include the complete Chansons de Bilitis, Ariettes oubliées and Fêtes galantes (Set 1) by Frederica von Stade as well as the recital recorded by Dawn Upshaw and James Levine. After Pelléas et Mélisande on three CDs, conducted by Pierre Boulez, and Le Martyre de saint Sébastien by Leonard Bernstein, The Claude Debussy Collection becomes a real treasure trove for collectors. CD 17 comprises famous Debussy encores in arrangements for flute, clarinet and violin featuring artists like James Galway and Jascha Heifetz. CD 18 is the limited special edition of Xavier de Maistre’s original album Nuits d’Étoiles--Harp music by Claude Debussy.
Along with Maurice Ravel, French composer Claude-Achille Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was one of the most prominent figures working within the field of Impressionist music. He is among the most important of all French composers and a central figure in European music around the turn of the last century. Noted for its sensory component and for rarely forming around one key or pitch, Debussy’s music often reflects the activities and turbulence in his life and virtually defines the transition from late-Romantic to 20th-century modernist music.

Contents listing:

CDs 1–3:          Orchestral Music & Ballets

Music for Soloist with Orchestra

CD 4–9:           Piano Music

CD 9–10:         Chamber Music

CD 11–12:       Songs

CD 13–15:       Pelléas et Mélisande

CD 16:             Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

CD 17:             Encores for Flute, Clarinet and Violin

CD 18:             Debussy for Harp

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By rosegirl on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
A beautiful box set of Claude Debussy that features not only the famous pieces like Clair De Lune and La Mer but also the lesser known works too. Features some of the world's top orchestras and conductors. Please note that the Amazon list of works is correct except there is no disc 19, nor a dvd disc 20.

The discs are in thick cardboard sleeves which are colour coded to make finding what you are after a little easier, and it comes with a 32 page booklet describing the contents and a brief biography in English, French, and German. There are no libretti for Pelleas or the songs.

Discs 1 - 3: Orchestral works featuring Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein conducting amongst others, with the recordings dating mostly from the sixties.

Discs 4 - 8: Piano works featuring Paul Crossley mostly, and dating between the sixties and the nineties

Discs 9 & 10: Chamber music featuring artists like Isaac Stern, James Galway, James Levine, & Andre Previn and dating mostly from the nineties

Discs 11 & 12: Songs mostly sung by Dawn Upshaw (nineties) and Eileen Farrell (sixties)

Discs 13 - 15: Boulez's version of Pelleas et Melisande with the Royal Opera House orchestra and choir from 1970

Disc 16: Michael Tilson Thomas' version of the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian with the London Symphony Orchestra from 1991

Disc 17: Encores. A collection of alternate arrangements by artists such as James Galway and Isaac Stern

Disc 18: Xavier de Maistre's arrangements for harp recorded in 2008.

All this for less than £30 is an amazing achievement, and I can happily recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Ross on 15 Mar. 2013
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I don't wont to 'review' this set - other than to say its a sheer delight.

But there is a mistake in the information supplied - a mistake that very nearly put me off buying the set.

It is listed on the box, CD sleeve and on-line info that the delightful sonata trio for flute, harp and viola is performed in an arrangement by James Galway. I couldn't think why such a perfectly conceived piece needed to be 'arranged' for orchestra!

Well the good news is that it isn't! The performance attributed to this none-existent arrangement is, much to my relief, simply Debussy's original - and a very lovely performance it is too.

(There is a Galway arrangement of one item - but it's not of the trio sonata.)
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TheDoc on 17 Jan. 2013
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This is a simply amazing collection, beautiful compositions and beautifully played - what more could you ask for. Factor in the low price for the set and it becomes a no-brainer whether or not you should purchase it.
If you are browsing around this product and these reviews then I assume you must have at least some interest in the music of this great man. That being the case then you will be over the moon with this collection.

It is a very varied collection: solo harp, solo piano, orchestral, opera, vocal and it is totally mesmerising to listen to. You could easily lose yourself in this collection.

This must be the best musical bargain ever!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Debussy - Sony Collection - A Grab-bag 12 July 2012
By Moonfish - Published on Amazon.com
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I found myself enchanted by Crossley's version of the Preludes this foggy morning. Regardless, I just received this box and wanted to share the content with other potential Debussy collectors. I will return and update my impressions as I progress through the well filled 18 cds. The Preludes make me feel quite optimistic about the collection.

The packaging is quite good with a sturdy standard square box; the lid is opens like a book towards you and the 18 cds are stacked in a pile. You will need to remove them all in case you are looking for a specific cd. They look almost identical, but are nice color coded on the edges to indicate orchestral works, piano works etc. Each Cd contains the standard box image of Debussy as well as a tiny indication of content in the upper right corner. The upper left corner shows the number of the cd. The back of the sleeve shows the content, performers and time information (although no dates). The sleeve itself is a medium thickness paper (sturdy but still soft enough not to damage the cds). There is also a nice 32 page booklet (18 pages focusing on cd content [with dates] and three 4 page essays about Debussy in English, French and German). There is no discussion about the performers or the recordings in the booklet beyond the cd content.

CD1 [72:29]
La Mer, Boston SO, Munch (1956)
Nocturnes, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia O, Boulez (1968)
Printemps, John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia O, Boulez (1968)
Premiere Rapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre, Peyer (clarinet), New Philharmonia O, Boulez (1968)

CD2 [72:06]
Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune, Boston SO, Munch (1962)
Jeux, New Philharmonia O, Boulez (1966)
Images pour orchestre, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boulez (1967)
Deux danses, Chalifoux (harp), The Cleveland Orchestra, Boulez (1967)

CD3 [71:12]
La Boite a joujoux, London SO, Tilson Thomas (1991)
Fantaisie pour piano et orchestre, Douglas (piano), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Janowski (1994)
Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone, Rascher (saxophone), New York Philharmonic, Bernstein (1961)
Petite Piece, Drucker (clarinet), Hambro (piano) (1970)

CD4 [71:52]
Preludes - Livre 1, Paul Crossley (1992)
Images - 1re Serie, Phillipe Entremont (1963)
Images - 2e Serie, Phillipe Entremont (1963)

CD5 [72:43]
Preludes - Livre II, Paul Crossley (1992)
Estampes, Paul Crossley (1992)
Children's Corner, Robert Casadesus (1950)
La plus que lente, Artur Rubinstein (1970)

CD6 [77:01]
Douze Etudes pour le piano
D'un cahier d'esquisses
Berceuse heroique
Page d'album
Hommage a Haydn
The little Nigar
Paul Crossley (1992)

L'Isle joyeuse
Vladimir Horowitz (1966)

CD7 [77:13]
Suite Bergamasque
Images (oubliees)
Paul Crossley (1992)

Pour le piano, Phillipe Entremont (1963)
Deux Arabesques, Phillipe Entremont (1959)

Ballade (slave)
Valse Romantique
Danse bohemienne
Tarentelle styrienne
Piece pour piano
Paul Crossley (1992)

CD8 [40:51]
Petite suite (1959)
Six Epigraphes antiques (1963)
En blanc et noir (1963)
Robert Casadesus and Gaby Casadesus (piano)

CD9 [54:15]
Premier Trio in sol majeur, Previn (piano), Rosenfeld (violin), Hoffman (cello) (1992)
Nocturne et scherzo, Isserlis (cello), Ades (piano) (1997)
Quator a cordes, Tokyo String Quartet (1992/1994)
Syrinx, Rampal (flute) (?)

CD10 [51:11]
Sonate pour violincelle et piano, Harrell (cello), Levine (piano) (1974)
Sonate en trio, Galway (flute), Oppenheimer (viola), Robles (harp), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Galway (1984/85)
Deux Danses, Galway (flute), Oppenheimer (viola), Robles (harp), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Galway (1984/85)
Sonate pour violin et piano, Stern (violin), Zakin (piano) (1960)

CD11 [58:48]
Farrell/Trovillo (1960) /// Gruberova/Haider (1995) /// Upshaw/Levine (1995)

Ariettes oubliees, Frederica von Stade, Katz (1993)

CD12 [76:52]
Cinq poemes de Baudelaire, Upshaw, Levine (1995)
Fetes galantes, Stade, Katz (1993)
La Mer est plus belle, Farrell, Trovillo (1977)
Chansons de Bilitis, Stade, Katz (1977)
Le Faune, Farrell, Trovillo (1977)
Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison, Farrell, Trovillo (1960)
L'Enfan prodigue, Price, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Pradelli (1966)
La Demoiselle elue, Upshaw, Rasmussen, Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Salonen (1993)

CD13 [57:49]
Pelleas et Melisande, Acte I et Acte II
Shirley, Soderstrom, McIntyre, Ward, Minton, Britten, Wicks, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Boulez (1970)

CD 14 [33:43]
Pelleas et Melisande, Acte III
Shirley, Soderstrom, McIntyre, Ward, Minton, Britten, Wicks, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Boulez (1970)

CD 15 [63:01]
Pelleas et Melisande, Acte IV et Acte V
Shirley, Soderstrom, McIntyre, Ward, Minton, Britten, Wicks, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Boulez (1970)

CD16 [66:25]
Le Martyre de saint Sebastien (Mystere en 5 actes)
Acte I - V
McNair, Murray, Stutzmann, Caron (narrator), London Symphony and Orchestra, Tilson Thomas (1991)

CD 17 [57:14] - Encores
Galway, Robles, Oppenheimer, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Mozart Players
Stoltzman, Allen
Stern, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Katims
Spivakov, Bezrodny
Heifetz, Smith

CD 18 [73:20] - Debussy on Harp
Suite bergamasque
Valse romantique
Melodies, Damrau (soprano)
Deux Arabesques
Preludes - Live I
Deux Danses, Members of the Wiener Philharmoniker

Xavier de Maistre (harp) (2008)
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