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Koechlin: La Course De Printemps, Etc / Holliger, Et Al


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93045   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's always satisfying to be able to welcome a new recording of music by this neglected master, and this one has a lot going for it. Generally fine playing (some rhythmic unsteadiness in the violins aside--particularly in the second part of Le buisson ardent), and rich, vivid sonics do full justice to Koechlin's basically gentle and atmospheric writing while projecting the climaxes with plenty of brilliance. La course de printemps (The Spring Running) comes from the series of "Jungle Book" tone poems, and while Heinz Holliger takes his time getting started, he enjoys finer playing and sound than Segerstam (on Marco Polo) but isn't quite as polished as Zinman (recently reissued on RCA France).

Segerstam also provides
Read more the only competition for Le buisson ardent (The Burning Bush), and here Holliger clearly has the edge with his finer orchestra and more immediate sound. This two-part tone poem includes a prominent part for Ondes Martenot and has nothing to do with the Bible. Rather, it's based on Romain Rolland's novel, Jean-Christophe--not that this matters particularly when listening to the music. As with so much of Koechlin's more dreamy and evocative inspirations, it needs a firm guiding hand, which is exactly what Holliger provides. He shapes the long second part with particular confidence, its quiet episodes never dragging. Koechlin's music thrives on a curious mixture of the ancient (modally-tinged themes) and modern (free use of dissonance and advanced orchestral technique), and if this particular combination whets your appetite, you will find this disc very enjoyable. [1/14/2003]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La course de printemps, Op. 95 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1925; France 
2.
Le buisson ardent, part 1, Op. 203 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
3.
Le buisson ardent, part 2, Op. 171 by Charles Koechlin
Conductor:  Heinz Holliger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; France 

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