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

Composer(s):Honegger, Arthur
Artist(s) Yuasa, Takuo, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.555974
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

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



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

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.

Review By ,Record Geijutsu,September 2005


Review By ,Scherzo,December 2004


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,December 2004



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