Honegger: Pastorale d’été, Symphony No. 4, Une cantate de Noël – LPO, Jurowski
Today the Swiss-born composer Arthur Honegger is often remembered as a member of ‘Les Six’ – that embodiment of 1920s Parisian modernism. But far from rejecting late romantic expression, Honegger embraced it. In these live concert recordings, Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in three of Honegger’s most lyrical works: the dreamy Pastorale d’été, the nostalgic Fourth Symphony, subtitled Deliciae basiliensis (Delights of Basel) in remembrance of the sanctuary offered by the Swiss city during the war, and his final composition, the reflective and heartfelt Une cantate de Noël.
Music **** (Very Good) Sound **** (Very Good)
Performance **** Sound ***
François Hudry - Classica - February 2012