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ARTHUR HONEGGER  

(1892 - 1955)

Swiss by nationality, Arthur Honegger was born and died in France, and was for a time associated with the group of Paris composers known as Les Six, although they were not bound together by ideals such as those of The Five in 19th-century Russia. Honegger was a prolific composer in many genres, writing for the theatre and concert hall, as well as for the cinema.

Orchestral Music

Honegger made some impression with his three ‘symphonic movements’, the first of a railway engine, Pacific 231, followed by Rugby, and the third with the simple title Mouvement symphonique. Works of particular interest include the delightful Piano Concertino, the Concerto da camera for flute, cor anglais and strings, and the charming Pastorale d’été, scored for chamber orchestra. The second and third of his five symphonies form a more or less regular part of present concert repertoire.

Film Music

Honegger’s music for the cinema includes a score for Abel Gance’s Napoléon and for Raymond Bernard’s 1934 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, with Harry Baur as Jean Valjean.

Vocal and Choral Music

The dramatic psalm Le Roi David, completed in 1921, is an impressive work, originally theatrical in intention but transferred effectively to the concert hall as an oratorio. Honegger’s stage oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’), completed in 1935 and using a text by Paul Claudel, is an equally moving work, powerful in its use of the human voice whether in speech or song.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S.: Magnificat in D Major / HONEGGER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (Karajan in Italy, Vol. 1) (1953-1954) Dynamic
CDS703
Orchestral
BACH: Art of Fugue (The) (arr. for string orchestra) / HONEGGER: Prelude, arioso et fughette sur le nom de Bach (arr. for string orchestra) Oehms Classics
OC301
Orchestral, Chamber Music
BRITTEN, B.: Sinfonietta, Op. 1 / Sinfonietta da Requiem / HONEGGER, A.: Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique" (Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Marriner) Capriccio
C10428
Orchestral
Cello Recital: Pantillon, Christophe - HONEGGER, A. / IBERT, J. / SAUGUET, H. / JOLIVET, A. / DUTILLEUX, H. / CHAILLOU, D. (Paroles de violoncelle) Gramola Records
Gramola99007
Instrumental
Chamber Music - SAINT-SAENS, C. / MILHAUD, D. / DEBUSSY, C. / HONEGGER, A. (French Music for Clarinet and Piano) (Veglianti, Polimanti) Naxos
9.70166
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS (THE MYSTERY OF) Naxos
8.554179
Choral - Sacred
Clarinet Recital: Manno, Ralph - DEBUSSY, C. / POULENC, F. / HONEGGER, A. / SCHMITT, F. / MILHAUD, D. (French Clarinet Rhapsody) Oehms Classics
OC114
Chamber Music
FAURE / BOULANGER / RAVEL / DEBUSSY: Songs Cedille
CDR90000-054
Vocal
Flute Recital: Lamb, Eric - DEBUSSY, C. / HONEGGER, A. / IBERT, J. / BACH, J.S. (Icons) Orlando Records
OR0030
Instrumental
HONEGGER, A.: Chamber Music Timpani
4C1079
Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
HONEGGER, A.: Demon de L'Himalaya (Le) / Crime et Chatiment / Regain / L'Idee (Slovak Radio Symphony, Adriano) Naxos
8.570979
Film and TV Music
HONEGGER, A.: Dit des jeux du monde (Le) / Concerto da camera (Plasman, Chalvin, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Tamayo) Timpani
1C1129
Ballet, Concertos
HONEGGER, A.: King David [Oratorio] (Barbaux, Rappé, Fink, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Hager) Orfeo
C250911A
Choral - Sacred
HONEGGER, A.: Miserables (Les) / Napoleon / Mermoz Marco Polo
8.223134
Orchestral, Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music
HONEGGER, A.: Piano Music (Antonioli) Timpani
1C1138
Instrumental
HONEGGER, A.: Semiramis / La tempete Suite / Fantasio / La redemption de François Villon (Hager) Timpani
1C1016
Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral
HONEGGER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies) Basel Symphony Orchestra
SOB02
Orchestral
HONEGGER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4, "Deliciae basiliensis" (Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies) Basel Symphony Orchestra
SOB04
Orchestral
HONEGGER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4, "Deliciae basiliensis" (Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies) Basel Symphony Orchestra
SOB05
Orchestral
HONEGGER, A.: Symphony No. 2 / LAZAROF, H.: Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, "Icarus" / Poema (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572748
Orchestral
HONEGGER, A.: Symphony No. 3, "Liturgique" / BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 3 (Bavarian Radio Symphony, Ansermet) Orfeo
C202891A
Orchestral
HONEGGER, A.: Violin Sonatas (Complete) (Kayaleh, P. Stewart) Naxos
8.572192
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
HONEGGER, A.: Vocal Music (Balleys, Gardeil, Eidi) Timpani
1C1140
Vocal
HONEGGER: Demon de L'Himalaya / Regain Marco Polo
8.223467
Film and TV Music
HONEGGER: ldee (L') / Crime et Chatiment Marco Polo
8.223466
Film and TV Music, Orchestral, Film and TV Music
HONEGGER: Miserables (Les) Marco Polo
8.223181
Film and TV Music
HONEGGER: Miserables (Les) (1934) Naxos
8.557486
Film and TV Music
HONEGGER: Roi David (Le) Naxos
8.553649
Choral - Sacred
HONEGGER: Symphony No. 3, 'Liturgique' / Pacific 231 / Rugby Naxos
8.555974
Orchestral
LANGLAIS, J.: Te Deum / Organ Concerto No. 2 / HONEGGER, A.: Fugue et choral (Johnsen, Royal Swedish Orchestra, members, Ingebretsen) Proprius
PROP7784
Instrumental
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MARTINU, B.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / HINDEMITH, P.: Cello Concerto / HONEGGER, A.: Cello Concerto (J. Moser, Poppen) SWR Classic
CD93.276
Concertos
MILHAUD, D.: Boeuf sur le toit (Le) / POULENC, F.: Les biches Suite / SATIE, E.: Parade (Luxembourg Radio Orchestra, Froment) Allegretto
ACD-8157
Concertos
Orchestral Music - BACH, J.S. / MOZART, W.A. / BRITTEN, B. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / HONEGGER, A. / ZEISL, E. / MOSZKOWSKI, M. (The Art of Fugue) (Kovacic) CD Accord
CDAccordACD168
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - STRAVINSKY, I. / HONEGGER, A. / MARTIN, F. (Skride, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, T. Fischer) Orfeo
C849121A
Orchestral
RAILROAD RHYTHMS - Classical Music About Trains SWR Classic
CD93.187
Orchestral
ROMANCE OF THE SILVER SCREEN (The) Naxos
8.578005-06
Film and TV Music
SIX (Les): Maries de la Tour Eiffel (Les) Marco Polo
8.223788
Vocal, Chamber Music
THE BEST OF MARCO POLO Marco Polo
8.223002
Orchestral
Trumpet and Piano Recital: Schwarz, Gerard / Paik, Kun Woo - HONEGGER, A. / IBERT, J. / SENÉE, H. / ENESCU, G. / JOLIVET, A. (The French Influence) Delos
DE1047
Chamber Music
Trumpet Recital: Friedrich, Reinhold - STRAVINSKY, I. / HONEGGER, A. / HENZE, H.W. / HINDEMITH, P. / WOLPE, S. / SKALKOTTAS, N. Capriccio
C10439
Chamber Music
Violin Duo Recital: Kogan, Dmitri / Vassilieva, Marianna - TELEMANN, G.P. / BOCCHERINI, L. / HONEGGER, A. / YSAYE, E. (Two Violins) Delos
DE3390
Instrumental
Vocal Recital: Pfister, Leila - SCHOENBERG, A. / BERG, A. / HONEGGER, A. / DEBUSSY, C. (Songs of a New Era) Oehms Classics
OC818
Vocal




 
 
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