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Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2-4; Cello Concerto; Concerto da Camera & Others
     

Honegger: Symphonies Nos. 2-4; Cello Concerto; Concerto da Camera & Others

 
The compositional output of Arthur Honegger was as varied as his own far-reaching interests. Honegger's compositions were highly influenced by his own life circumstances. This is perfectly depicted in his uneasy, dark "Second Symphony," written during the Second World War. By the end of the war, Honegger was busy writing his "Third Symphony," a work that hauntingly

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The compositional output of Arthur Honegger was as varied as his own far-reaching interests. Honegger's compositions were highly influenced by his own life circumstances. This is perfectly depicted in his uneasy, dark "Second Symphony," written during the Second World War. By the end of the war, Honegger was busy writing his "Third Symphony," a work that hauntingly depicts the destructive aftermath. Certainly, not all of Honegger's compositions were so desolate. The "Fourth Symphony" is much more lighthearted and optimistic, and both the "Concerto da camera" and the "Pastorale d'été" offer listeners a serene, pastoral backdrop. Apart from composition, Honegger was an ardent fan of both rugby and trains, interests he immortalized in the memorable compositions "Rugby" and "Pacific 231." These works, along with the "Cello Concerto" and "Danse de la chèvre for solo flute," from the program for this two-disc EMI collection of some of Honegger's most treasured works. Just as the composer's output was highly varied, so, too, are the exceptional performances offered by a variety of top-notch ensembles and soloists, drawn from performances as far back as 1969 up to 1997. Each of them captures the individual sentiments and moods of their respective scores. In all cases, EMI's sound is even and clean, making it almost impossible to notice that the recordings were made across four decades. As an introduction to Honegger's worthwhile, satisfying work, this collection is a superior choice.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2011
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099909467323
catalogNumber:
94673

Tracks

  1. Concerto da camera, for flute, english horn & string orchestra, H. 196
  2. Rugby, tone poem for orchestra (Mouvement symphonique No. 2), H. 67
  3. Symphony No. 3 ("Liturgique"), H. 186
  4. Symphony No. 4 ("Deliciae Basiliensis"), H. 191
  5. Cello Concerto in C major, H. 72
  6. Danse de la chèvre, for solo flute, H. 39
  7. Symphony No. 2, for strings & trumpet ad lib in D major, H. 153

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