Debussy: Images (Jun Markl/ Lyon National Opera Orchestra) (Naxos: 8.572296)
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The music of three nations - Britain, Spain and France - inspired Debussy's Images for orchestra, which occupied him from 1905 to 1912. Originally conceived for two pianos (Images I and II for solo piano are on 8.550253), this third set draws on several folk songs in its outer movements, the tripartite middle movement evoking in musical terms Spanish sights, sounds and fragrances.
Vivid orchestrations by both Debussy and Ravel of short piano pieces likewise embrace contrasting moods and national characters.
"Markl and his players acquit themselves admirably, and as one-stop shopping for some of Debussy's most engaging orchestral works it's hard to beat." American Record Guide on Vol. 1