Honegger: Symphony No. 3 'Liturgique'
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa
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||Symphony No. 3 - "Liturgique": I. Dies irae: Allegro marcato||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||6:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 3 - "Liturgique": II. De profundis clamavi: Adagio||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||14:50||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Symphony No. 3 - "Liturgique": III. Dona nobis pacem: Andante||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||11:32||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||"Rugby" - Mouvement Symphonique: Allegro||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||7:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mouvement Symphonique No. 3: Allegro marcato||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||10:07||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||"Pacific 231" - Mouvement Symphonique No. 1: Modere||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||6:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pastorale d'ete: Calme||New Zealand Symphony Orchestra & Takuo Yuasa||7:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Uneven, but the highs are very high indeed
"Pacific 231" is Arthur Honneger's orchestral depiction of an old-fashioned steam locomotive starting up from a dead stop; slowly, with great effort, building up speed; reaching a headlong, hurtling and rather scary peak of acceleration; and finally grinding to a halt. It is by far the most effective example of music imitating life I've ever heard & is worth far more than the modest price of this Naxos CD. The other pieces recorded here are all very good, but nothing quite as jaw-dropping as "Pacific 231." The "Pastorale d'ete" is a really lovely depiction of a summer sunrise. The rest is of varying interest. But if you download "Pastorale d'ete" and "Pacific 231" you won't be disappointed.
Formed: 1946 in Wellington, New Zealand
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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||Pastorale d'été||Honegger: Pacific 231||Jean Fournet & The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra||7:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|