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

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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