Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Date published: Thu 22 November, 2012

Debussy disc wins leading French music magazine’s recording of the year

Former Music Director Stéphane Denève and Orchestra receive Diapason d’Or de l’Année

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and former Music Director Stéphane Denève have received one of the most prestigious classical music awards in the world, the coveted Diapason d’Or de l’Année, for their recording of Claude Debussy’s major orchestral works on the Chandos label.

Stéphane Denève Conducts Debussy was released in May 2012 to coincide with the French conductor’s final performances as RSNO Music Director. The double recording has been met with universally glowing reviews, including receiving Disc of the Week from both The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. In August, BBC Music Magazine said of Stéphane Denève Conducts Debussy, “…this [set] is hard to beat.”

This is the second Diapason d’Or de l’Année the partnership of the RSNO and Denève has received. In 2007 they won the award for their first recording of the orchestral works of Albert Roussel, featuring Symphony No3 and Bacchus et Ariane, for Naxos.