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Milhaud: La Création Du Monde, Etc / Casadesus, Et Al


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557287   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Tomoko MakuuchiMathias VidalBernard Delétré
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is one of those discs whose totality earns it a highest recommendation, even though individual listeners may have alternate preferences for individual works. La Création du monde, for example, receives an excellent, gutsy performance with aptly raucous contributions from solo clarinet, trumpet, and percussion. My personal favorite remains the classic Arthur Weisberg rendition on Nonesuch, whose jazzy excitement remains unmatched; but this newcomer is not just very good artistically, it's really well recorded, with a tightly focused bass and plenty of tactile immediacy. Both Le Boeuf sur le toit and Suite provençale are brash pieces that basically play themselves, and it's no
Read more insult to Casadesus and his Lille orchestra when I say that they let the music make it's points naturally, through infectious rhythm and plenty of extravert character.

L'Homme et son désir, based on an incomprehensible scenario by Paul Claudel, is a magical, marvelous piece scored for solo strings, harp, a handful of winds and brass, tons of percussion, and four wordless vocalists. It was one of the pieces that made Milhaud's reputation in the early decades of the 20th century, but (perhaps due to the odd forces required) it seems to have vanished since. The music contains haunting modal melodies, passages of biting polytonality, sensuous contributions from the soloists, and it all adds up to an unforgettable experience. Casadesus turns in an expert performance, and if the vocal contributions aren't uniformly on the same high level as the instrumental (tenor Mathias Vidal sounds like he's gargling), it's not the kind of work where beauty of tone is a paramount consideration. Atmosphere is what counts, and that you can hear in abundance.

So while this or that performance may not be absolutely perfect, the disc as a whole makes an ideal introduction to some of Milhaud's best work. It also makes an eloquent case for a revaluation of this prolific and neglected figure, and it would grace any serious record collection. At the Naxos budget price, you really should give this a listen. It's a delight. [07/18/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. La création du monde, Op. 81 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Venue:  New Century Auditorium, Lille, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: New Century Auditorium, Lille, France (07/15/2003 - 07/18/2003) 
2. Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Venue:  New Century Auditorium, Lille, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: New Century Auditorium, Lille, France (07/15/2003 - 07/18/2003) 
3. Suite provençale, Op. 152b by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; France 
Venue:  New Century Auditorium, Lille, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: New Century Auditorium, Lille, France (07/15/2003 - 07/18/2003) 
4. L'homme et son désir, Op. 48 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Tomoko Makuuchi (Soprano), Mathias Vidal (Tenor), Bernard Delétré (Bass)
Conductor:  Jean-Claude Casadesus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lille National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Brazil 
Venue:  New Century Auditorium, Lille, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: New Century Auditorium, Lille, France (07/15/2003 - 07/18/2003) 

Sound Samples

La creation du monde, Op. 81: La Creation du monde, Op. 81
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58: Le Boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: I. Anime
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: II. Tres modere
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: III. Modere
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: IV. Vif
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: V. Modere
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: VI. Vif
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: VII. Lent
Suite provencale, Op. 152c: VIII. Vif
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: I. Scene I
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: II. Apparition de la Lune
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: III. L'Homme endormi et le fantome de la Femme morte
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: IV. L'Homme qui dort debout, oscillant comme dans un courant d'eau et comme sans aucun poids
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: V. Toutes les choses de la foret qui viennent voir l'Homme endormi
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: VI. Danse de la passion
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: VII. Reapparition del la Femme qui entraine l'Homme peu a peu en tournant lentement devant lui sur elle-meme
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48: VIII. La lune I a disparu la premiere, la lune II disparait a son tour...

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