Bernstein, Leonard & New York Philharmonic – “Debussy / Honegger” – [Columbia]
Claude Debussy (DEB-u-see)
A1 Saxophone Rhapsody. In 1895 Mrs. Elise Hall, a wealthy Bostonian, commissioned this work for saxophone. Debussy was unfamiliar with the sax, cashed the check, and nothing more until 1903 when Mrs. Hall showed up at his Paris apartment. He was hounded until in 1911 he dropped off the soloist’s part, with unfinished orchestration. Debussy called her the femme-saxophone (saxophone woman). When he died in 1918, the French composer Roger Ducasse finished the orchestration and the work premiered at the Societe Nationale in 1919.
A2 Clarinet Rhapsody – Written as a clarinet entrance exam for the Paris Conservatoey.
Side B are 3 pieces by Honeggger that are very energetic, lots of brass and percussion. Very enjoyable.