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Honegger: Symphonies 3 & 5, etc / Järvi, Danish NRSO


Release Date: 07/26/1994 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9176   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Everyone knows Pacific 231 (Honegger’s musical depiction of an express steam locomotive) or the title at least. But Honegger was an eclectic composer whose achievement was substantial both in quantity and quality... Järvi’s Pacific 231 is more exciting still than Plasson’s, for which all credit to the Danish brass, who excel also in Honegger’s orchestral masterpiece, the Symphonie liturgique. The performance is strong, though somewhat wanting in concentration in the slow movement, De profundis – perhaps the lack of body in the violin sound is responsible. But both the Liturgique and the Fifth emerge as highly individual statements of impressive and uncompromising conviction. Indeed, the former ranks among the very finest symphonies of Read more our century. It is a response to the horrors of war which seeks – and achieves – a belief in mankind’s future, as represented in the serenely beautiful postlude, emerging from the crisis of the finale’s overwhelmingly powerful climax.

-- Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 5 "Di tre re" by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; France 
2. Symphony no 3 "Liturgique" by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1946; France 
3. Mouvement symphoniques (3): no 1, Pacific 231 by Arthur Honegger
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5, "Di tre re": I. Grave
Symphony No. 5, "Di tre re": II. Allegretto - Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio - Allegretto
Symphony No. 5, "Di tre re": III. Allegro marcato
Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique": I. Dies Irae: Allegro marcato
Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique": II. De profundis clamavi: Adagio
Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique": III. Dona nobis pacem: Andante
Pacific 231

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