JACQUES CASTÉRÈDE (1926-2014): Symphony No. 1 for String Orchestra, ARTHUR HONEGGER (1992-1955): Hymne for String Decet, Symphony No. 2, CHARLES KOECHLIN (1867-1950): Sur les flots lointains, GUILLAUME LEKEU (1870-1894): Adagio for Strings, CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Sarabande in E, Op. 93.
Catalogue Number: 02U009
Label: Brilliant Classics
Description: Castérède may not be well known outside France, but the taut and compelling symphony of 1952 deserves wider recognition. Tension runs high throughout the opening Modéré before breaking into a violent scherzo in the manner of Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Shostakovich and the Honegger Second are called to mind by the impassioned lyricism of the slow movement, which rises from darkness before discovering a point of radiant transfiguration in the movement’s coda. Restless counterpoint brings the finale to an exhilarating, emphatic conclusion. Ciconia Consort; Dick van Gasteren.