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Armin Jordan|Debussy: La boîte à joujoux, 6 Épigraphes antiques & Sarabande (Orch. Caplet, Ansermet & Ravel)

Debussy: La boîte à joujoux, 6 Épigraphes antiques & Sarabande (Orch. Caplet, Ansermet & Ravel)

Armin Jordan

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Armin Jordan, who passed away in 2006, was an atypical conductor and an extraordinary personality. With a Swiss-German father and a Genevan mother, he straddled two cultures and two languages, bringing clarity to the music of Wagner, which he adored, and endowing French music with mystery and sometimes even introspection. He was a jovial, generous, unpredictable man, adored by orchestral musicians, which is quite rare for a conductor, because he was never aloof or self-satisfied.

Michel Garcin, the director of Erato Records, adored this singular man whom he trusted to such an extent that he commissioned him to record a voluminous discography, the quality of which is still hailed fifteen years after the Swiss conductor's death. He has recorded with several orchestras, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of course, of which he was musical director from 1985 to 1997, but also with the two orchestras of Radio France, that of Monte Carlo and, as here, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, which is also the orchestra of the Basel Opera, of which Jordan was the adored director.

Curiously, it is a German orchestra that pays indirect tribute to Ernest Ansermet, whose 1932 orchestration of Debussy's work Jordan interprets here with great finesse. Ansermet had met Debussy on several occasions and knew that the composer intended Epigraphes antiques for the orchestra. But his death prevented him from carrying this project through to the end. The tribute continues with a recording of La Boîte à joujoux, the children's ballet that Ansermet recorded and whose rehearsal, recorded without his knowledge, remains a poetic monument to his work. Ansermet's influence was considerable, particularly for the two great later figures of Swiss conducting, Charles Dutoit and Armin Jordan, who both worked with him. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Debussy: La boîte à joujoux, 6 Épigraphes antiques & Sarabande (Orch. Caplet, Ansermet & Ravel)

Armin Jordan

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La boîte à joujoux, CD 136, L. 128: I. Prélude. Le sommeil de la boîte (Orch. Caplet)
00:02:29

Claude Debussy, Composer - André Caplet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

2
La boîte à joujoux, CD 136, L. 128: II. Le magasin de jouets (Orch. Caplet)
00:11:16

Claude Debussy, Composer - André Caplet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

3
La boîte à joujoux, CD 136, L. 128: III. Le champ de bataille (Orch. Caplet)
00:09:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - André Caplet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

4
La boîte à joujoux, CD 136, L. 128: IV. La bergerie à vendre (Orch. Caplet)
00:05:56

Claude Debussy, Composer - André Caplet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

5
La boîte à joujoux, CD 136, L. 128: V. Après fortune faite (Orch. Caplet)
00:02:13

Claude Debussy, Composer - André Caplet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

6
La boîte à joujoux, CD 136, L. 128: VI. Épilogue (Orch. Caplet)
00:01:08

Claude Debussy, Composer - André Caplet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

7
Pour le piano, CD 95, L. 95: II. Sarabande (Orch. Ravel as M. A 25)
00:04:59

Maurice Ravel, Orchestrator - Claude Debussy, Composer - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

8
Épigraphes antiques, CD 139, L. 131: No. 1, Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été (Orch. Ansermet)
00:02:37

Claude Debussy, Composer - Ernest Ansermet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

9
Épigraphes antiques, CD 139, L. 131: No. 2, Pour un tombeau sans nom (Orch. Ansermet)
00:03:37

Claude Debussy, Composer - Ernest Ansermet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

10
Épigraphes antiques, CD 139, L. 131: No. 3, Pour que la nuit soit propice (Orch. Ansermet)
00:02:15

Claude Debussy, Composer - Ernest Ansermet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

11
Épigraphes antiques, CD 139, L. 131: No. 4, Pour la danseuse aux crotales (Orch. Ansermet)
00:02:29

Claude Debussy, Composer - Ernest Ansermet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

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Épigraphes antiques, CD 139, L. 131: No. 5, Pour l'Égyptienne (Orch. Ansermet)
00:03:07

Claude Debussy, Composer - Ernest Ansermet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

13
Épigraphes antiques, CD 139, L. 131: No. 6, Pour remercier la pluie au matin (Orch. Ansermet)
00:02:21

Claude Debussy, Composer - Ernest Ansermet, Orchestrator - Armin Jordan, Conductor, MainArtist - Michel Garcin, Producer - Pierre Lavoix, Engineer - Basler Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra

A Warner Classics / Erato Disques release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato Disques release, ℗ 1982 Warner Music UK Limited

Album Description

Armin Jordan, who passed away in 2006, was an atypical conductor and an extraordinary personality. With a Swiss-German father and a Genevan mother, he straddled two cultures and two languages, bringing clarity to the music of Wagner, which he adored, and endowing French music with mystery and sometimes even introspection. He was a jovial, generous, unpredictable man, adored by orchestral musicians, which is quite rare for a conductor, because he was never aloof or self-satisfied.

Michel Garcin, the director of Erato Records, adored this singular man whom he trusted to such an extent that he commissioned him to record a voluminous discography, the quality of which is still hailed fifteen years after the Swiss conductor's death. He has recorded with several orchestras, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande of course, of which he was musical director from 1985 to 1997, but also with the two orchestras of Radio France, that of Monte Carlo and, as here, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, which is also the orchestra of the Basel Opera, of which Jordan was the adored director.

Curiously, it is a German orchestra that pays indirect tribute to Ernest Ansermet, whose 1932 orchestration of Debussy's work Jordan interprets here with great finesse. Ansermet had met Debussy on several occasions and knew that the composer intended Epigraphes antiques for the orchestra. But his death prevented him from carrying this project through to the end. The tribute continues with a recording of La Boîte à joujoux, the children's ballet that Ansermet recorded and whose rehearsal, recorded without his knowledge, remains a poetic monument to his work. Ansermet's influence was considerable, particularly for the two great later figures of Swiss conducting, Charles Dutoit and Armin Jordan, who both worked with him. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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