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

Album Summary

>Honegger, Arthur : Symphony no 2, for strings & trumpet ad lib in D major, H. 153
>Honegger, Arthur : Symphony no 3 ("Liturgique"), H. 186
>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"This recording is without doubt one of the most beautiful ever devoted to Honegger, of a profundity and exceptional beauty. Adopting moderate tempos, Karajan takes the time to mould each phrase, allowing even the smallest detail to sing..." -Diapason

BBC Music Magazine
A classic - Karajan and Symphony No. 3 were made for each other.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Karajan's performances of these Honegger symphonies enjoy legendary status - and rightly so. This recording remains in a class of its own for sheer beauty of sound and flawless ensemble. The French critic, Bernard Gavoty, once spoke rather flightily of Karajan 'transcending emotions and imparting to them that furnace heat that makes a work of genius give off light if brought to the desired temperature' - but it's true! There's a luminous quality and an incandescence about these performances.

The Stravinsky Concerto in D major was written within a year of the Symphonie liturgique and may perhaps be a little too 'cultured' and not spiky enough for some tastes. The lightness of touch, sprightliness of rhythm and flawless ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra are an absolute joy in themselves.



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>Honegger, Arthur : Symphony no 2, for strings & trumpet ad lib in D major, H. 153
  • Performer: Fritz Wesenigk (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Honegger, Arthur : Symphony no 3 ("Liturgique"), H. 186
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1945-1946

>Stravinsky, Igor : Concerto for Violin in D major
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1946.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1946