Debussy La Boite/ A Joujoux (Ballet ) Printemps (Symphonic Suite) London FFSS CS6079. Ernest Ansermet conducting L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande.
Debussy wrote the children’s ballet (The Toy Box) in 1913, five years before his death. The scenario was suggested by an illustrator of children’s books,Andre Helle, who also provided the amusing illustrations for the published piano score. The orchestration was sketched out by Debussy, but there was no possibility of the work being given during the years of the first World War and it was put aside. After Debussy’s death the orchestration was completed by Andre Caplet, his amanuensis of later years, and the work was first performed as a ballet at the Theatre Lyrique du Vaudeville in 1919.
Printemps belongs to the beginning of Debussy’s career. The suite in its original form was written in 1887 during the composer’s stay at the Villa Madici in Rome. This was a particularly restless period of his life, in which he was still finding his way. A broad pantheistic conception of Spring is what he had in mind: he wished the music to suggest the slow and miserable birth of beings and all other forms of life in Nature, their gradual blossoming and finally the joy of being born anew.
This considered to be the quintessential impressionistic performance. It is the type of score that brings out Ansermet’s strengths as a conductor. This is not a record for those who revel in loud sounds to test the base reflex woofer horns. It is the type of subtle and delicate music that is perfect for a quite night.The performance and recording is one for all ages. Recorded in May 1957. James Walker, producer; Roy Wallace, engineer.
Performance rating is excellent, Sound rating, excellent
Condition; Vinyl Excellent, Jacket Excellent
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