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Miscellaneous - Released January 19, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released January 7, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£7.99

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£11.99

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£7.99

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£7.99

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£4.32

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£7.99

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

£7.99

Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

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Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.

Some of these recordings of Honegger's five symphonies had been kicking around the catalog for more than 30 years when Supraphon released them in this two-CD set in 1991. The Second and Third were recorded in 1960, the Fifth in 1963, the First and Fourth in 1973, and the short orchestral works used as fillers in 1986. Inevitably, the sound is anything but consistent. The First and Fourth sound reasonably close and realistic, the Second and Third more distant and less distinct, the Fifth closer but no more distinct, and the fillers way too close and far too in your face. Happily, the performances are all of a piece. Unhappily, that piece is not especially persuasive. There's no doubt that French conductor Serge Baudo is dedicated to the music of the Swiss-French composer: his energy is exemplary and his enthusiasm is unbounded. But there is some question as to the Czech Philharmonic's dedication. While the musicians are much too professional an ensemble to play with anything less than superb polish, the Czechs don't seem to have much passion for Honegger's music. The angular First falls flat, the anguished Second fails to ignite, the apocalyptic Third wants cataclysm, the delightful Fourth lacks charms, the poetic Fifth is too prosaic, and the three fillers, including the relentless Pacific 231, seem almost tossed off. There are a few truly great Honegger symphony recordings out there -- Charles Münch's spring immediately to mind -- but Baudo and the Czech Philharmonic's aren't among them.
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Classical - Released January 6, 2018 | Supraphon a.s.