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HONEGGER, A.: Nicolas de Flue (Bideau, Lucerne Academy Choir, Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz, Koch)

HONEGGER, A.: Nicolas de Flue (Bideau, Lucerne Academy Choir, Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz, Koch)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2014


Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz


Alois Koch


Lucerne Academy Choir


Lucerne Academy Choir



Live recording, Kultur-und Kongresshaus Luzern, Switzerland


Record Label
Musiques Suisses




Total Time - 67:19
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HONEGGER, A.: Nicolas de Flue (Bideau, Lucerne Academy Choir, Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz, Koch)

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Nicolas de Flue

1 Part I: Prologue 04:50
2 Part I: Chanson des Enfants 01:32
3 Part I: Souviens-toi! 01:42
4 Part I: Il s'en va 02:09
5 Part I: Solitaire, solitaire! 02:44
6 Part I: La priere de Nicolas (Gebetlein) 01:47
7 Part I: Dure est la peine 01:13
8 Part I: Il s'en va 00:49
9 Part I: La Montee au Ranft 06:58
10 Part II: Recitant 02:18
11 Part II: Etolie du matin 01:38
12 Part II: Corteges 01:29
13 Part II: Dieu l'a voulu 01:14
14 Part II: Ainsi les affaires du monde 01:38
15 Part II: Recitant 01:29
16 Part II: Tout un peuple a prete l'oreille 01:50
17 Part II: Choeur des Puissances 02:43
18 Part II: Recitant 01:19
19 Part II: Victoire et Malheur! 04:21
20 Part III: Recitant 00:55
21 Part III: Marche des Ambassadeurs 06:33
22 Part III: Les Compagnons de la Follevie 01:27
23 Part III: Fanfare de la Diete 00:51
24 Part III: Demain la guerre! 01:27
25 Part III: Nicolas, souviens-toi! 01:00
26 Part III: Parmi nous, peuple, parmi nous 01:33
27 Part III: Solitaire, solitaire! 01:14
28 Part III: Il descend 01:15
29 Part III: Terre et cieux, pretez l'oreille! 00:53
30 Part III: Ecoute-moi, mon peuple! 01:41
31 Part III: Recitatif des Cloches et choeur final 04:47
 Lucerne Academy Choir Choir
 Alois Koch Conductor

 Dramatic legend of Denis de Rougemont for narrator, children’s choirs, choir and band.

Co-production with Swiss Radio DRS 2
Nicolas de Flue is the work most closely associated with Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Denis de Rougemont wrote this "legend in three acts" on behalf of the Canton of Neuchâtel for the 1939 National Exhibition. He chose this pacifist theme because of the current reference to his time shortly before the Second World War. Nicholas of Flües call to the fractious federal levels to prudence on the occasion of Stans Verkomnisses 1481 was particularly understood by posterity as a significant Friedenstat. The author wished that Arthur Honegger compose a music legend, and Honegger wanted to write a work that required the participation of an entire community - the choirs and band of the Canton of Neuchâtel. 
The Première in Zurich beginning September 1939 had to be cancelled because of the general mobilization and Honegger could not attend the scenic premiere in Neuenburg on May 31, 1941,as he was in occupied Paris at the time. 
For the Paris production in December 1952 Honegger wrote the now common version for symphony orchestra. With the combined choirs and brass of Lucerne under Alois Koch is heard after a long time the first time the original version.
Performed by:  Jean-Luc Bideau (Speaker), Akademichor Lucerne, Choir of the Collegium Musicum Lucerne, Boys’ Choir and Girls Choir of Lucerne’s choir, brass of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Central Switzerland, Alois Koch (line).
Recorded live at the Kultur- und Kongresshaus Luzern, Switzerland, 13 November 1998
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