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Honegger: Symphonies No 2 & 3 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic


Release Date: 07/14/1995 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447435   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Arthur HoneggerIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Fritz Wesenigk
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Honegger disc is one of Karajan's very finest efforts, featuring simply astounding playing from the Berlin Philharmonic.

Although Herbert von Karajan probably would have wanted to be remembered as a great conductor in the central German repertoire, his best orchestral recordings often were in pieces that stood outside of his "Fach". This Honegger disc is certainly one of them. It seems like only yesterday that DG reissued it in its "Originals" series, but now thanks to Arkivmusic.com's on-demand program with Universal it hopefully will be available forever.

The Second Symphony, for strings and trumpet, features simply astounding playing from the Berlin Philharmonic, with an impact
Read more and sonority that the orchestra certainly can't equal today. The "Liturgique" also has an uncommon degree of bite and excitement; there's none of that excessive smoothness that made Karajan sometimes sound like the "snake oil salesman of music". Stravinsky's Concerto in D probably is his coldest, most sterile creation (leaving aside some of the very late pieces), and this gracefully immaculate performance suits its "pure" aesthetic to perfection. Very good sonics, again better than Karajan often got from the yellow label, complement one of his very finest efforts.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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"Karajan lived through two world wars and the Cold War, and died only weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Many of his greatest orchestral performances were of works that anticipated war or embodied a state of what he called “complete catastrophe” -- works such as Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, or Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. But the Honegger Symphony No. 3, written in the immediate aftermath of WWII, drew from him performances of overwhelming intensity."

-- Richard Osborne, NPR.org
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 for Trumpet and Strings by Arthur Honegger
Performer:  Fritz Wesenigk (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1969 
Venue:  Französische Kirche, St. Moritz 
Length: 25 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3 "Liturgique" by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1946; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1969 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, West Berlin 
Length: 33 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for String Orchestra in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/1969 
Venue:  Französische Kirche, St. Moritz 
Length: 12 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Symphony no 3 "Liturgique" (Honegger): III. Dona nobis pacem
Concerto for String Orchestra (Stravinsky): II. Arioso. Andantino.

Sound Samples

Symphony No.2 For Trumpet And Strings: 1. Molto moderato - allegro
Symphony No.2 For Trumpet And Strings: 2. Adagio mesto
Symphony No.2 For Trumpet And Strings: 3. Vivace, non troppo
Symphony No.3 - "Liturgique": 1. "Dies Irae" - Allegro marcato
Symphony No.3 - "Liturgique": 2. "De Profundis Clamavi" - Adagio
Symphony No.3 - "Liturgique": 3. "Dona Nobis Pacem" - Andante
Concerto In D For String Orchestra (1946): 1. Vivace
Concerto In D For String Orchestra (1946): 2. Arioso. Andantino
Concerto In D For String Orchestra (1946): 3. Rondo. Allegro

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