The Young Debussy – LSO Live

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

  • Editor’s Choice (September Edition)
    ‘Pure entertainment: I wish I had been there.’

    'Hearing Debussy’s piece in the company of these earlier composers was fascinating, as it reminded us just how much he owed to them.'
    The Telegraph

    'Roth is a remarkable stylist'
    The Times

    'The LSO responded like Wagnerian gods'

    ‘One of the great virtues of this welcome series of Blu-ray/DVD packages from LSO Live is the choice it gives us. This is a particularly intriguing collection: all the music is delivered with loving attention by François Xavier Roth, Edgar Moreau and the magnificent London Symphony Orchestra.’
    Classical CD Choice

    ‘François-Xavier started his career as a flautist, but soon grew into a world-class conductor who excelled in both the classical and romantic as well as the contemporary repertoire. That makes him one of the most interesting orchestra leaders…for the time being I still have to come across the first CD or DVD that leads to disappointment in Roth's share... Image and sound direction leave nothing to be desired.’
    Opus Klassiek

    ‘Excellent performance… the last of his three programs commemorating the centenary of Debussy’s death. Hi-def video and audio are top-notch.’
    Film Festival Traveller

    ‘Première Suite d’Orchestre’, finely but not overwhelmingly played by the LSO under François-Xavier Roth.’


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.

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