Honegger: Le Roi David - Danco, Montmollin 4256212

This handsome three-CD set really plays to the inimitable strengths of Ernest Ansermet; this is just the sort of music in which he excelled . . . these musicians knew what exactly they were doing under Ansermet's perceptive leadership (he captures absolutely the music's letter and spirit) . . . Tremendous passion and gravity inform the performance . . . this account is a classic -- given with irresistible momentum and brilliant detailing . . . ["Christmas Cantata"]: It's a great piece here given with total identification and dedication that expands gloriously in Decca's first-rate sound . . . This is a superb release of great music in notable and illuminating recordings that easily stand the test of time artistically and technically.