The new CD released on the LPO Label is an all-Honegger disc conducted by the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Jurowski believes that Honegger was one of the early 20th century’s great composers, and you can listen to his introduction to Honegger and the works on this recording on the CD page of the LPO’s website.
Arthur HONEGGER (1892-1955)
Symphony No. 4
A Christmas Cantata
VLADIMIR JUROWSKI conductor
CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN baritone
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR
NEW LONDON CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Today the Swiss-born composer Arthur Honegger is often remembered as a member of ‘Les Six’ – that embodiment of 1920s Parisian modernism. But far from rejecting late Romantic expression, Honegger embraced it. In these live concert recordings, Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in three of Honegger’s most lyrical works: the dreamy Pastorale d’été, the nostalgic Fourth Symphony, subtitled ‘The Delights of Basel’ in remembrance of the sanctuary offered by the Swiss city during the war, and his final composition, the reflective and heartfelt Cantate de Noël.
Also available as mp3 download.
LPO-0058, released November 2011