French Music for String Orchestra

French Music for String Orchestra


Ciconia Consort’s debut CD from December 2018 has received international acclaim.
French music for string orchestra is a CD that the real collector should not miss. The CD features unique French gems from music history that have rarely been released on CD or LP.

The CD contains the following works:
Charles Koechlin – Sur les flots lointains, poème symphonique sur un chant de CM Urner Op.130
Guillaume Lekeu – Adagio pour cordes
Arthur Honegger – Hymne pour dixtuor à cordes
Jaques Castérède – Symphony No.1 pour orchester à cordes
Camille Saint-Saens – Sarabande in E Op.93
Arthur Honegger – Symphony No.2 pour cordes avec trompette ad libitum

How can you order the CD?
The CD is available for only €10 (excl. €4.50 shipping costs within NL).
You can order the CD by sending an email to
Clearly state your name and address in the e-mail (delivery address).
At Ciconia Consort concerts you can buy the CD at the friends desk.


Listen by Jurjen Vis: rating: 9
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Classical Affairs by Gerard Scheltens: ” I am enthusiastic about this debut CD and about the special repertoire . […] a dazzling ensemble, taken care of down to the last detail .” Read the entire review.

Südwest Presse by Burkhard Schäfer: ” mit jedem Ton aufregende Debüt-CD […] Die zumeist jungen Musiker sind mit einer Begeisterung bei der Sache, die sich sofort auf den Hörer überträgt. Vive la France!” Read the entire review: pdf

Musicweb international by Stephen Barber: “They bring to their work the enthusiasm of youth together with precise ensemble and a real feeling for the rich harmonies of the Franckist works here. This is their first recording. I hope they will continue exploring the string orchestra repertoire, particularly of lesser-known works.Read the entire review.

Fine Music Sydney’s Classical Music Store: “The first recording of Castérède’s symphony won a Grand prix du disque, but it has taken half a century for the second to be made by this young and exciting Dutch string ensemble as the centerpiece of their debut on CD . ” Read the entire review.

Musik & Theater (Schweiz) by Burkhard Schäfer: “…diese in allen Punkten nicht nur überzeugende, sondernvielmehr begeisternder CD. […] frei von Knalleffekten und gleichwohl ein maar Knaller. Stark!” Music & Theater (Switzerland)

Music Critic by Steven A. Kennedy 
Overall, this is a truly impressive debut.”

Musicweb International by Michael Cookson: “On its CD debut, Ciconia Consort and Dick van Gasteren excel. They show an authenticity that feels totally at the service of the music. Its impressive unity and full string tone provide an ideal foundation for the alliance between attention to form and appreciation for the coloration of the writing. Compelling from start to finish, French music for string orchestra could hardly be better served.Read the entire review

Aad van Nieuwkerk, radio 4, VPRO Free Sounds (after the broadcast of the second part of the Honegger symphony): ” I think it’s really a kind of horrifying music, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!