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Rare Piano Music

  • Nicolas Horvath, piano

Robert Orledge’s research into Debussy’s sketches and incomplete drafts has resulted in the unearthing and reconstruction of numerous lost masterpieces, the piano versions of which are given their première recordings here. Unknown versions of famous pieces such as La Fille aux cheveux de lin and an unused movement from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien appear alongside the ecstatic Prélude de l’Histoire de Tristan. This uniquely valuable programme also includes the life-affirming suite for No-ja-li (Le Palais du Silence) with narration.

This recording was made on a period instrument: Steinway, Model C No. 248200 (1925)


L'enfant prodigue: Prélude (version for piano) (1884) * (00:02:46)
Rodrigue et Chimène: Prélude (version for piano with concert ending, ed. R. Orledge) (1893) * (00:04:58)
Préludes, Book 1: No. 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin (1907 first version of opening fragment in B-Flat Major) (1910) * (00:00:46)
Prélude à l'histoire de Tristan (version for piano, completed R. Orledge, 2011) () * (00:04:26)
Préludes, Book 2: No. 5. Bruyères (1912 first version) (1913) * (00:03:47)
Toomai des éléphants (reconstructed by R. Orledge, 2006) (new edition) (1913) * (00:06:33)
Petite valse (completed R. Orledge, 2006) (1915) (00:02:07)
Fêtes Galantes, Tableau 1: Les Masques (commencement) (completed R. Orledge for piano, 2006) (1913) * (00:07:08)
Le martyre de St. Sébastien, Act III: Le concile des faux dieux: La passion (unused first draft, completed R. Orledge for piano, 2014) (1911) * (00:04:28)
No-Ja-Li (Le Palais du Silence) (completed R. Orledge for narrator and piano, 2005/2014) () * (00:17:17)
Le Roi Léar (completed R. Orledge for piano, 2004/2018) () (00:08:00 )
Prélude * (00:03:52)
[autre] Fanfare * (00:00:58)
Le Sommeil de Léar * (00:03:36)
La Mort de Cordélia * (00:03:36)
Un jour affreux avec le Diable dans le Beffroi (arr. R. Orledge for narrator and piano) () * (00:11:37)
La Chute de la Maison Usher (completed R. Orledge for piano, 2010, cadanza by N. Horvath) () * (00:06:30)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:24:25

The Artist(s)

Nicolas Horvath Nicolas Horvath is an unusual artist with an unconventional résumé. He began his music studies at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III de Monaco, and at the age 16, he caught the attention of the American conductor Lawrence Foster who helped him to secure a three-year scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation in order to further his studies. His mentors include a number of distinguished international pianists. Known for his boundary-less musical explorations, Horvath is an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music. He has commissioned numerous works and collaborated with leading contemporary composers from around the world including Philip Glass.

The Composer(s)

Claude Debussy Claude Debussy has exercised widespread influence over later generations of composers, both in his native France and elsewhere. He was trained at the Paris Conservatoire, and decided there on a career as a composer rather than as a pianist (his original intention). His highly characteristic musical language, thoroughly French in inspiration, extended the contemporary limits of harmony and form, and he had a remarkably delicate command of nuance, whether in piano writing or in the handling of a relatively large orchestra.


“Horvath has a gift for interpreting contemporary works and is a prolific performer of Philip Glass. His playing is incredibly sensitive and full of color. ” – American Record Guide

“The piano playing by Nicolas Horvath is brilliant, imaginative and convincing throughout this performance.” – MusicWeb International

“An exciting record.” – Musique classique & Co

“A passionate journey through the work of Claude Debussy, beautifully served by Nicolas Horvath’s rigorous and sensitive interpretation.” – Inactuelles, musiques singulières