The Young Debussy
Release date: 3 May 2019
LSO3073 | 822231307396
Blu-ray + DVD>
Director: Corentin Leconte
Audio Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
Recorded at Barbican Hall, January 2018
'Hearing Debussy’s piece in the company of these earlier composers was fascinating, as it reminded us just how much he owed to them.'
'Roth is a remarkable stylist'
'The LSO responded like Wagnerian gods'
The evocative music of Claude Debussy has been described as the foundation of modern music. But how did the composer come to develop his unique style? One of today's most charismatic conductors, with a reputation for enterprising programming, LSO Principal Guest Conductor François-Xavier Roth presents the UK premiere of a previously lost work by the young Debussy, alongside some of his earliest inspirations.
Debussy’s newly-discovered Première Suite gives a rare insight into just that – the mind of a young composer on the cusp of innovation. It’s a work filled with Romantic and Eastern influences, with glimpses of the unexpected harmonies that came to define Debussy’s work. Paired alongside the composer’s role models, from Wagner’s powerful intertwining motifs, the abundant Spanish influences in Lalo’s rarely-heard Cello Concerto, performed by Edgar Moreau, and Massenet’s majestic Le Cid, François-Xavier Roth gives a fresh perspective on the much-loved composer.