CD reviews: Honegger Symphony No. 4, Pastorale d’été, Cantate de Noël

Review of the recent CD release of Honegger’s Symphony No. 4, Pastorale d’été and Cantate de Noël, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski on the LPO label (LPO-0058):

All three works on this unexpectedly satisfying CD communicate a joie de vivre without ever sounding lightweight. The jaunty Symphony No 4 is performed with the wit and subtlety it deserves, bringing out the song-like character of its three movements. Pastorale d’été is a dreamy orchestral summerscape, Une Cantate de Noël a radiant choral celebration of the human and the divine.
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 21 November 2011

The often complex lines are clearly differentiated, and the extraordinary contrapuntal feat in the finale of five simultaneous tunes comes off splendidly.
Roger Nichols, Gramophone, December 2011

[The Fourth Symphony]  is full of charm and tactile invention, vividly realised in this live recording.
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 30 October 2011

Vladimir Jurowski secures a committed response from the choruses and his own dedication to the score is palpable. He is also a sympathetic conductor of the tone poem and symphony here … An engrossing and uplifting experience, the final climax transcendental: music that is not just for Christmas and superbly presented here!
Colin Anderson, Hi-Fi Critic, December 2011

Christopher Maltman … leads the prayers and carols of the Cantata, its complex choral counterpoint finely negotiated by the London Philharmonic and New London Children’s Choirs.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 10 November 2011

More information and to buy the CD – £9.99 incl P&P direct from the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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