John J. Puccio
, April 2013
This one is a gem. Performances and sound are top-notch for this recital of Honegger orchestral music…It’s a bargain that’s hard to resist, especially if you’ve always wanted a topflight Pacific 231…
We get visions in [Honegger’s] work of emotional power, impressionism, and tuneful melodies aplenty. It’s a felicitous arrangement.
The album begins with his Symphony No 3, subtitled “Liturgique.” It is quite a powerful and moving composition that deserves wider recognition, and Maestro TakuoYuasa plays it in such a way as to convey its varying moods significantly.
The four short tone pictures, Pacific 231, Rugby, Mouvement symphonique, and Pastorale de’ete, Yuasa plays just as well and express their visual images well, too…
The sound is nothing short of terrific. It’s one of Naxos’s best efforts, with not only a wide stereo spread, wide frequency response, and wide dynamics, but with one of the best recreations of orchestral depth I’ve heard on any of Naxos’s releases (or anyone else’s). © 2013 Classical Candor Read complete review