Label: Parnass - 92 839 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: Germany • Genre: Classical • Style: Contemporary
It is in three movements, each of which following the symphony's subtitle is named after a liturgical text. The first movement is named after the Dies irae from the Requiem Mass ;, it is marked allegro marcatoand has an aggressive, storm-like quality. The slow movement, named De profundis clamavi after Psalmis in contrast meditative and lyrical.
The finale, named after the Dona nobis pacem from the Massis more episodic, with an insistent, brutal marching rhythm building to a dissonant climax, before a long, lyrical coda concludes the work. Honegger himself wrote an extensive commentary on the work, making explicit the music's connection with the horrors of the War, and the desire for peace.
Munch made a live recording of the work in Prague with the Boston Symphony Orchestra inwhich has been released by the Multisonic label. The symphony has been performed and recorded many times and was a specialty of Herbert von Karajanwho made a recording of Symphonie Liturgique - Arthur Honegger / Igor Strawinsky* - Symphonie Liturgique - Symphonie De Psau with Honegger's Second Symphony inwhich is still widely regarded as one of its finest interpretations.
The Symphonie Liturgique has strong thematic similarities with Benjamin Britten 's Sinfonia da Requiem written inalthough it is in no sense imitative or Expressway - Swervedriver - 99th Dream reworking of the earlier piece.
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