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NA 5974

HONEGGER: Symphony No. 3, 'Liturgique' / Pacific 231 / Rugby

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra


Takuo Yuasa



Engineer:

Eleanor Thomason



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 65:03
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ARTHUR HONEGGER

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Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique"

 
1 I. Dies irae: Allegro marcato 6:40
2 II. De profundis clamavi: Adagio 14:50
3 III. Dona nobis pacem: Andante 11:30
     
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Rugby - Symphonic Movement No. 2

7:49
     
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Symphonic Movement No. 3

10:05
     
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Pacific 231

6:17
     
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Pastorale d'ete

7:52
 Takuo Yuasa


Born of Swiss-French parents, Arthur Honegger spent much of his life in Paris, though his music is far removed from the gaiety and whimsicality frequently evoked by the group of French composers known as Les Six. He is now best remembered for a sequence of vivid and increasingly dramatic orchestral works, including the Third Symphony, which gives voice to the composer’s horror at the new levels of barbarity and inhumanity perpetrated by mankind during the war. While Honegger’s Pacific 231 is a graphic musical depiction of a train in motion and the tone poem Pastorale d’été describes summer in the Alps above Berne, Rugby is less a graphic depiction of the sport than an effervescent scherzo that can be enjoyed purely as music.
 
"...Takuo Yuasa, currently principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, gets impressive results from the New Zealanders, and the recording has great presence and detail. This is not perhaps a first choice but, taken on its own merits, is a perfectly viable one and at its modest price will give much satisfaction..."  ***
 
Penguin Guide - January 2009
 

" An ideal introduction to Honegger’s rewarding orchestral soundworld."
 
Guy Rickards - Gramophone magazine - October 2004
 

 "... Takuo Yuasa’s view of Honegger is based on a bright color palette, light, unclouded textures that eschew impressionism or romanricism, and tight, lively rhythm..."

 
Hecht - American Record Guide - January-February 2005
 

                          Artistic Quality 9     Sound Quality 9

 
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