Debussy’s “Première Suite d’Orchestre” was premiered on February 2, 2012 at the Cité de la Musique in Paris by the ensemble Les Siècles. The piece was long considered lost. Musicologists knew of its existence through reports and letters, but no one knew the score until 2006, when it happened to fall into the hands of two French researchers in a New York library. They discovered a complete version for piano duet, published in 2008, and a fragment completed by Philippe Manoury to be presented to the public 150 years after Debussy’s birth.
“La Mer” is one of Claude Debussy’s most admired symphonic works. His Première Suite d’Orchestre, considered lost for over a century, was a real discovery in 2013 when the Ensemble Les Siècles made the world’s first recording on original sound instruments! Now this recording is available in a remastered version; it thus offers an ideal opportunity to completely re-evaluate the career of a musician of whom one thought one already “knew everything”.
“… the musicians know how to use their historical instruments as profitably as Roth knows how to use his understanding of this music …” (FONO FORUM, July 2013)