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Favourite recording of Debussy with Orch

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Yesterday I did a really interesting activity with a student of mine, where we sat down and listened to 4 different sax players doing the 1st half a page of the Debussy. We then discussed what we liked about each/didn't like. So I'm asking what is your favourite recording of the Debussy and why? Also if you like attributes of other sax players interpretation's what were they?
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That's a good activity. Basically forces kids to focus and listen critically. I did that to myself with the Glazounov Concerto when I was in mid-college, and those Glaz recordings happened to be the beginning of my saxo library...

I like Londeix, Deffayet, Sugawa, Fourmeau's recordings with orchestra off the top of my head. I'd have to listen to Delangle's and others again, because I simply forgot what he did. He was quite young at that point.

FWIW, Bornkamp's and Gauthier's recordings with piano are great too, and I saw Connie Frigo and Donald Sinta do the Debussy in recitals that I found to be very enjoyable.

I like the different interpretations for different reasons. I respect the clean, elegant, and restrained Apollonian French approach as well as the robust romantic playing of others like Bornkamp and Sinta. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a mid-rare ribeye, and other times I prefer a simple grilled white fish. Tasty!!

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