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John France
MusicWeb International, April 2020

The piano playing by Nicolas Horvath is brilliant, imaginative and convincing throughout this performance. And let’s not forget the two perfectly spoken narrations by Florient Azoulay.

…this is essential listening for all Debussy enthusiasts who see beyond the one or two potboilers normally presented to the listening public. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Lark Reviews, March 2020

There are some interesting pieces on this disc. I was especially drawn to the items from Le Martyre de San Sebastien and A Night in the House of Usher—the latter from his unfinished opera. There is also a complete reworking of No-ja-li and an early version of The Girl with the flaxen hair. All well worth hearing and here splendidly performed by Nicolas Horvath. © 2020 Lark Reviews



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, March 2020

For admirers of the composer Debussy, this disc of unfamiliar pieces will be the sheerest catnip. Admittedly, there are no undiscovered masterpieces here, but every note bears the composer’s very distinctive fingerprints—there is no juvenilia sounding like (say) Schumann, as Debussy was finding his compositional feet. Robert Orledge’s research into Debussy’s sketches and incomplete drafts has resulted in the unearthing and reconstruction of numerous lost pieces, here performed by the Steinway artist, Nicolas Horvath, the album features unknown versions of famous works such as La Fille aux cheveux de lin alongside the ecstatic Prélude de l’Histoire de Tristan. © 2020 Classical CD Choice



Laurent Vilarem
, March 2020

Incredible Debussy album that unearths his mythical incomplete works like the bewitching Palais du silence and the two operas after Edgar [Allan] Poe.



Thierry Vagne
Musique classique & Co, March 2020

An exciting record. © 2020 Musique classique & Co



David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2020

The booklet with this discs gives a suitably detailed explanation how this ‘Unknown Debussy’ came to be unearthed by Robert Orledges while researching for a book.

He explains that Debussy was always planning theatrical stage works that never came to fruition, this disc guiding us through the ‘bits and pieces’ that he left, many unfinished, and which have been pieced together and, in some cases, finished in modern times. To reiterate those words would be a lengthy exercise, suffice it to say that anyone interested in Debussy will have a fascination with this disc extending to a generous eighty-four minutes of music. Here and there you find a fleeting moment of music you will recall hearing elsewhere, the disc opening with six Preludes for various projects including the snippet of the work that became The girl with flaxen hair. More extensive we have a completed version of his intended Chinese ballet, No-Ja-Li, and as far as he achieved in the incidental music for a production of Shakespeare’s play King Lear. Add the creepy atmosphere of Un Jour Affreux avec Le Diable dans le Beffroi and A Night in the House of Usher, and I hope it will have sparked your interest into performances of the music here played in their piano format, the booklet inferring that they were primarily intended for orchestra. The French-born, Nicolas Horvath, has already added much of interest in a number of composers in critically acclaimed recordings for Grand Piano. There is much to test the soloist’s outgoing technical virtuosity, Horvath outstanding in creating the multiplicity of colours demanded. It will then be a matter of personal taste whether you enjoy the use of a 1926 Steinway piano that adds something in period authenticity. © 2020 David’s Review Corner



Records International, March 2020

Robert Orledge’s research into Debussy’s sketches and incomplete drafts has resulted in the unearthing and reconstruction of numerous lost masterpieces, the piano versions of which are given their premiere recordings here. Unknown versions of famous pieces such as La Fille aux cheveux de lin and an unused movement from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien appear alongside the ecstatic Prélude de l’Histoire de Tristan. This uniquely valuable program also includes the life-affirming suite for No-ja-li (Le Palais du Silence) with narration. © 2020 Records International



Dionys
Inactuelles, musiques singulières, February 2020

A passionate journey through the work of Claude Debussy, beautifully served by Nicolas Horvath’s rigorous and sensitive interpretation. © 2020 Inactuelles, musiques singulières





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