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Robert Orledge, Debussy




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)


Other Reviews


‘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)













The Unknown Debussy

Nicolas Horvath, Piano

Naxos Grand Piano Series GP822 

Available Now

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 in 2024

Conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller at the Murten Festival, Switzerland in collaboration with Zurich Opera.

Also to be recorded and performed in Paris. 

Rhapsodie Mauresque for Alto Sax and Orchestra 

Recorded by Asya Fateveya and Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra.

Conducted by Rokas Valuntomis

10 Feb 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 c -  2019

Completed Incidental Music for Le Roi Lear  - Suite for piano or orchestra (15mins) Orchestral score, parts and piano version published by Musik Fabrik, France -  2020

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


Rhapsodie Mauresque for Alto Sax and Orchestra revised and re-orchestrated from Debussy's 1908 Draft,

with Asya Fateyeva with orchestra conducted by Christoph Mueller

Piano Reduction and Score available Dec 2020

Musik Fabrik, France -  2020

Germaine Tailleferre, Fandango (1920)

Orchestrated By Robert Orledge August 2021 

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