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Debussy - HollowayC'est l'extase - Ten settings of Paul Verlaine op. 118 (2012) 20'
for soprano and orchestra, arranged, linked, scored with an Epilogue by Robin Holloway

Music Text  
Paul Verlaine (F)

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

World Premiere
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Renée Fleming, soprano / San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas

Press Quotes  

"Debussy’s settings of texts by Paul Verlaine, originally composed for piano and voice, are richly expanded in Holloway’s new orchestrations… Green, melding word painting and musical line, was sublime; Mandoline, which ended the set, was nothing short of intoxicating. If Debussy’s settings take you right to the gate of Verlaine’s Romantic world, Holloway’s orchestrations usher you in, linking the songs, illuminating the view and affording the soloist a spacious backdrop."
San Francisco Classical Voice

"… a beautiful and often imaginative treatment of familiar offered a revelatory exploration of Debussy’s musical style. To hear the composer’s piano accompaniments clothed in a note-perfect semblance of his orchestral manner was to understand just how much of the orchestral music is informed by the musical shapes of the keyboard."
San Francisco Chronicle

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