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Debussy & Takemitsu for strings

Release date: 24 Jun 2016, CKD512

Artists

Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton

Composers

Claude Debussy, Toru Takemitsu

Label

Category

Chamber

Period

Late 20th

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Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10, L. 85 (Arr. J. Morton for String Orchestra) 26:23   $
I. Animé et très décidé 06:47   $
II. Assez vif et bien rythmé 04:06   $
III. Andantino, doucement expressif 07:50   $
IV. Très modéré 07:40   $
Toru Takemitsu: 3 Film Scores for String Orchestra 4:20   $
II. Funeral Music 04:20   $
Claude Debussy: Préludes, Book 1, L. 117 4:32   $
VIII. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (arr. Colin Matthews) 04:32   $
Toru Takemitsu: 3 Film Scores for String Orchestra 4:39   $
I. Music of Training and Rest 04:39   $
Claude Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 4:05   $
No. 2, Jimbo's Lullaby 04:05   $
Toru Takemitsu: Nostalghia 11:23   $
Nostalghia 11:23   $
 

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Album information

Fusing French and Japanese influences, SE’s new recording features works by Takemitsu and Debussy, two composers who share an instinctive feeling for instrumental colour and sensuous textures.

SE’s reputation for excellent string arrangements (established with important commissions from the late Rudolph Barshai) continues with Jonathan Morton’s arrangement of Debussy’s String Quartet.

The variety of string techniques and the wide palette of instrumental colours Debussy employed are all enhanced by the larger string ensemble, particularly in the sumptuously beautiful slow movement.

In addition, the attractively lyrical Girl with the Flaxen Hair has been orchestrated for string ensemble and two harps by Colin Matthews.

Takemitsu’s contribution to the string orchestra repertoire includes two contrasting film scores inspired by the French Impressionists.

Finishing the album is Takemitsu’s hauntingly melancholic Nostalghia, with a heartfelt solo violin melody by Jonathan Morton.

SE combines the intimacy and unity of a string quartet with the force and power of an ensemble in this unique and beautiful recording.

Debussy & Takemitsu for strings

Category Chamber

Period Late 20th

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