ARTHUR HONEGGER (1892-1955): Symphony No. 3 "Liturgique" (arr. Dmitri Shostakovich [1906-1975]), OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908-1992): Visions de l'Amen.
Catalogue Number: 11L072
Reference: GMCD 7331
Description: Published only in 2005, Shostakovich's transcription of Honegger's "war symphony" of 1945-6 is believed to have been motivated by his hearing the work at the 1946 Prague Spring Festival and to have been intended for use in teaching at the Leningrad Conservatory. Since Shostakovich was dismissed from his post there in February 1948, we have a rough date for its composition. Only a composer of Shostkovich's genius could make a two-piano version of this quality of a symphony which does not lend itself to pianistic treatment. Soos Haag Piano Duo.