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Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 2; Henri Lazarof: Concerto for Orchestra No. 2 / Jeffrey Silberschlag, trumpet

> Symphony No. 2, "Symphonie pour cordes" - I. Molto moderato - Allegro
> Symphony No. 2, "Symphonie pour cordes" - II. Adagio mesto
> Symphony No. 2, "Symphonie pour cordes" - III. Vivace non troppo
> Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, "Icarus" - Part I
> Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, "Icarus" - Part II
> Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, "Icarus" - Part III
> Poema - Poema

Album Summary

>Honegger, Arthur : Symphony no 2, for strings & trumpet ad lib in D major, H. 153
>Lazarof, Henri : Icarus, concerto for orchestra No 2
>Lazarof, Henri : Poema for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Completed during World War II, Honegger's Symphony No. 2 gives voice to the composer's horror of mankind's barbarity and inhumanity perpetrated during the conflict. Its power derives from the seamlessness of its construction and the intensity of its expression. The work's dark, brooding mood comes to a profoundly moving climax in the finale's elegiac chorale tune, played on first violins accompanied by trumpet, thus ending the symphony on a more optimistic note than might be expected. Henri Lazarof's Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, 'Icarus' is a volatile, richly colored score, and Poema, composed as a wedding gift for Gerard Schwarz and his wife, is both romantic and brilliant.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
In his review of the Delos (July/Aug 1991), Tim Taylor described these pieces as the "same old crash-bang stuff that is so reputable these days in academic and other Establishment circles, where big, dissonant, loud pieces pass for quality [and] deep insight on the human condition". I agree. The performances and sound are very good.

MusicWeb International, October 2012
The mournful tone of the introduction to the first movement is overwhelming in its description of the oppressiveness of the Occupation. This feeling continues in the Allegro proper and Schwarz and the Seattle strings forcefully convey the movement's tone. The crucial inner voices are especially well-handled...Unfortunately, things break down in the famous Vivace as Schwarz and the players increasingly lose track of the thematic layers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (1992-04-17&1993-02-08_1993-).



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>Honegger, Arthur : Symphony no 2, for strings & trumpet ad lib in D major, H. 153
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (1992-04-17&1993-02-08_1993-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Lazarof, Henri : Icarus, concerto for orchestra No 2
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1984

>Lazarof, Henri : Poema for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary