A French orchestral program par excellence, marking 100 years since the death of Claude Debussy. The relative absence of the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra from concert halls today is something of a mystery. All the color and inventiveness that characterize Debussy’s music can be heard here. Bizet’s Symphony in C reveals the directness and passion that would later be associated with the composer of Carmen, while the richly imaginative orchestral textures of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite send listeners into a realm of fairy-tale fantasy. This recording owes much to the virtuosity and enthusiasm of the Prague Philharmonia and its conductor Emmanuel Villaume, and to the sensibilities of pianist Andrew von Oeyen.