Click on the link here for Audio Player – Debussy: Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra – Daniel Deffayet, Sax – ORTF Orchestra, Eugenè Bigot, conductor – ORTF – circa 1962.
Something familiar with this week. Perhaps not as familiar as some of the works of Claude Debussy, the Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra in a (circa) 1962 Paris Radio broadcast featuring the ORTF Orchestra, led by the legendary Eugenè Bigot and featuring the French Saxophone virtuoso Daniel Deffayet as soloist.
Debusssy was reported not to have been particularly fond of the saxophone. But the truth of the matter was, he knew very little about the instrument and, had it not been for a commission to write a piece specifically for Saxophone, he most likely never would have embarked on that particular musical exercise.
But time has proven otherwise, and the Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Orchestra is one of the enduring works in the Debussy canon.
And this historic recording hasn’t been reissued in any form, and most likely hasn’t been heard since it was first recorded.
Enjoy the notes.
And PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TO HELP KEEP PAST DAILY UP AND RUNNING AND THE GORDON SKENE SOUND COLLECTION COLLECTING, PRESERVING, RESTORING AND SHARING ALL THIS AMAZING SOUND WITH YOU! Seriously, we’re in the final days of our Fundraiser and we really need your help. Even for a little bit. if you believe history is important, then I would urge you . . .no, plead with you to consider your contribution this weekend – or at least before Sunday is over. Click on the headline just below our Piano Playing Mascot and make your voice heard.