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Honegger: Le Roi David, Monopartita / Dutoit, Constant

Honegger / Constant / Monte Carlo Phil Orch
Release Date: 08/08/2005 
Label:  Wea Apex Classics   Catalog #: 4620332   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Jeanine CollardChristiane Eda-PierreEric TappyJean Desailly
Conductor:  Charles DutoitMarius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraMonte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Honegger was an eclectic composer whose achievement is well reflected in this stimulating compilation. Dutoit’s recording of the oratorio King David is particularly compelling: on hearing it one understands why the composer frequently returned to the formula of narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra.

The orchestral items show Honegger’s recurring interest in music for theatre and cinema, but the highlights are the tone poem Le chant de Nigamon, about the tragic fate of an Indian chief, and his final orchestral work, the distinctive Monopartita. Constant’s performances sometimes miss the biting edge the music demands, but they are faithful and reliable, like the recording.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4
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-- Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le roi David by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Jeanine Collard (Mezzo Soprano), Christiane Eda-Pierre (Soprano), Eric Tappy (Tenor),
Jean Desailly (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
2.
Amphion: Prélude, Fugue and Postlude by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Monopartita by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
Length: 12 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
La tempête: Prelude by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Napoléon: Les Ombres by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6.
Le Chant de Nigamon by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
Length: 10 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Phaedre, incidental music for 8 female vocalists & orchestra, H61: Imprecation de Thesee by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8.
Phaedre, incidental music for 8 female vocalists & orchestra, H61: Prelude by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
9.
Phaedre, incidental music for 8 female vocalists & orchestra, H61: Mort de Phaedre by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Marius Constant
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Pastorale d'été by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Mouvement symphoniques (3): no 3 by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; France 
Length: 9 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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