During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is chased by some Germans and finds himself holed up at the local insane asylum, where the inmates are convinced that he is the "King of Hearts." Feeling obligated to help the inmates, Charles attempts to lead them out of town, but they are afraid to leave and frolic about the streets in gay costumes. Will Charles be able to deactivate the bomb in time and save his newfound friends?
Who else in todays piano world could be associated with the concept of the master of piano? A definitive icon of contemporary piano performance, Martha Argerichs unique musical profile is illustrated by this 3-CD anthology that draws upon her 1965 Chopin recordings and her yearly chamber performances given in Lugano. Featuring outstanding musical partners including Renaud Capuçon, Nelson Freire, Gidon Kremer, Maria-João Pires, Gautier Capuçon, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Charles Dutoit, and Daniel Barenboim, this 3-CD set presents outstanding mastery on all fronts. CD Listing: CD 1: Concertos CD 2: Musique de Chambre CD 3: Piano Solo.
Honegger was an eclectic composer whose achievement is well reflected in this stimulating compilation. Dutoit’s recording of the oratorio King David is particularly compelling: on hearing it one understands why the composer frequently returned to the formula of narrator, soloists, chorus and orchestra.
The orchestral items show Honegger’s recurring interest in music for theatre and cinema, but the highlights are the tone poem Le chant de Nigamon, about the tragic fate of an Indian chief, and his final orchestral work, the distinctive Monopartita. Constant’s performances sometimes miss the biting edge the music demands, but they are faithful and reliable, like the recording.
– Terry Barfoot, BBC Music Magazine