Debussy: 24 Preludes (Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Jun Märkl) (Naxos: 8.572584)
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Debussy completed his two books of Preludes
in 1910 and 1913 respectively, and they contain some of his most visionary and poetic writing for piano. There are evocations of calm seascapes, delicate wind tracery, and snow-covered landscapes. Some moments are steeped in antiquity, such as La cathedrale engloutie
, others in expressive portraiture, as in La fille aux cheveux de lin
. There is even a cake-walk. The Preludes are performed here in the subtle and colouristic orchestrations of much-admired Slovak-born composer Peter Breiner.
Throughout its history, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
has played an important part in Scotland's musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Jun Markl
has appeared as a guest conductor with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Cleveland, NHK Symphony, Tonhalle Zurich, and the Munich, Oslo and Czech Philharmonics among others, and at the Met, Covent Garden, Vienna State and Dresden Semper Operas.