F E A T U R E D R E V I E W S
"A brilliant musicologist...An amazing guy. A fantastic orchestrator and a really, really good composer... As there was so little material to go on, I wish I could say it was a scam. But I absolutely adore it. A jolly, jolly piece...Debussy couldn't get a better outing."
Jeremy Sams reviewing the PAN CLASSICS CD 10342 of 'Le Diable dans le Beffroi'.
(Summer Record Review. BBC 3, 20 August 2016)
"In the Cardiff strand of the Paris City of Light Festival , this concert is the sure-fire highlight of the cultural year so far...Debussy's No-ja-li ou Le Palais du Silence was the big event. With a gamelan orchestra, chorus and narrator, this is one lavish ballet...filled with barbarism, a perfumed eroticism and even a joyous pride. By completing this work, Robert Orledge has done the music world a big favour.
(The Sprout, 25 April 2015)
‘Just the opening few moments of the Debussy Usher are enough to conjure a very different and much more involving world….The effect is truly seamless; as conducted by Lawrence Foster, the 45-minute score sounds like late Debussy - there are echoes of the orchestral Images, especially ‘Gigues’, and even of ‘Jeux’ - and the prevailing mood of a doom-laden house is recognisably similar to that of ‘Pelleas et Melisande’. ‘ Andrew Clements (The Guardian, 16 June 2014)
‘Though virtually half the music is Orledge, you wouldn’t know it, so relentlessly authentic and beautifully atmospheric is the effect. ‘
(Paul Driver: The Sunday Times, 22 June 2014)
"It is a sweat-producing listening experience - it throws you!…And in the end, the audience is beside itself cheering and applauding."
(Tim Schleiber: Die Stuttgarter Zeitung, 9 Aug 2006)
N E W S
The Unknown Debussy
Nicolas Horvath, Piano
Naxos Grand Piano Series GP822
To be issued in March 2020
Contains World Premiere recordings of A Night in the House of Usher; Fetes Galantes; Incidental music for Le Roi Lear; No-ja-li ou Le Palais du Silence and Un Jour affreux avec Le Diable dans le Beffroi.
Rodrigue et Chimene in a new orchestration by Robert Orledge is planned for a concert premiere with Orchestra Symphonique Ile-de-France
Conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller at the Murten Festival, Switzerland September 2022 in collaboration with Zurich Opera.
Also to be recorded and performed in Paris in 2022.
Poeme pour Violon et Orchestre (1910-1914), completed and orchestrated by Robert Orledge published by Musik Fabrik, France - 2019
Orchestral score, parts and piano reduction published by Musik Fabrik, France - 2019
Serenade pour Violon et Orchestre (circa 1894), completed and orchestrated by Robert Orledge
Full and Chamber Orchestral scores parts and piano reduction published by Musik Fabrik, France - 2019
Also to be published 2019-2020: No-ja-li ou Le Palais du Silence, La Saulaie for Baritone and Orchestra, L'histoire de Tristan - Prelude
Also Piano pieces from the Unknown Debussy CD by Nicolas Horvath GP822
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