dinsdag 16 februari 2010

FS Does The Classics: Arthur Honegger

In January 1920, a Parisian journalist named Henri Collet proclaimed Les Six Francais, soon to be known as Groupe des Six, bracketing six French composers together as the avantgarde of the new decade. One of the members was then 25-year-old Arthur Honegger, who (unlike the others) admired Wagner and Debussy, and put on his kids gloves when it came to iconoclasm: „There’s no point knocking down doors you can open“, he would state 30 years later. In the summer of the same year, he wrote his ultra romantic Pastorale d’été, Poème symphonique, epigraphed by a line from Rimbaud: „J’ai embrassé l’aube d’été ...“ One flute, one oboe, one clarinet, one bassoon, one horn, plus strings: This is the first light of a warm summer day, and there’s few chances it will get more bright and beautiful again.

Pour H.

Orchestre National de l’ORTF/ conducted by Jean Martignon – Pastorale d´été

2 opmerkingen:

  1. just thought i'd let you know, i uploaded a wonderful video of sylvie vartan singing in japanese for a clothing company from the 60s. it's at my channel: http://youtube.com/youweirdtube

    you may have seen it, but if not I thought you'd enjoy it.


  2. Wonderfull, I wd like more classics on this blog
    Thank you