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Honegger: King David / D. Striesow, narration; I. Hermann, witch; N. Yeghiyan, sop.; R. Hellier, alto; J. Remmers, tenor; Prometheus Ens. Berlin; Junges Ensemble Berlin Chor; Markowitsch

Album Summary

>Honegger, Arthur : Le roi David, oratorio (Psaume symphonique) for narrator, 3 solo voices, 2 choruses & chamber orches
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arthur Honegger's Le Roi David - only rarely can this extensive work be heard in German: with the present CD, Rondeau Production releases a unique recording which stands out not only because of its German language, but also its renowned performers. Widely known through his role as a detective in the German TV-series Tatort and through his performance in the Oscar-winning film Die Fälscher, Devid Striesow excels as the narrator in this recording, alongside the actress Irm Hermann, who gives the role of the witch her very own voice. The Junges Ensemble Berlin sing the demanding choir parts and are accompanied by the musicians of the Prometheus Ensemble Berlin: artistic director Frank Markowitsch very deliberately chose this ensemble in order to emphasize one of the unique hallmarks of his performance: 'what's special here, is the work's instrumentation. Honegger wrote a number of versions; we perform the earliest one: the chamber music setting for ten brass and wind instruments, percussion, harmonium, and celesta'. The timbral inflections of this original version are delightful, very colorful, and intriguing. Honegger re-arranged the work for symphony orchestra only at a later stage.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Berlin (11/01/2013-11/03/2013).


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>Honegger, Arthur : Le roi David, oratorio (Psaume symphonique) for narrator, 3 solo voices, 2 choruses & chamber orches
  • Performers: Janjob Remmers (Organ); Irm Hermann (Voice); Narine Yeghiyan
  • Conductor: Frank Markowitsch
  • Ensemble: Junges Ensemble Berlin Choir
  • Notes: Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Berlin (11/01/2013-11/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 63 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1921