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Milhaud: La Création du Monde, etc / Bernstein, French NO


Release Date: 03/07/2006 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 45809   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinDarius Milhaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraConcert Arts Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

What's not to like? Bernstein's Milhaud interpretations are lively, intelligent, fun performances that have been in the catalog continuously since the late 1970s, and deservedly so. His version of The Creation of the World doesn't match the benchmark Weisberg recording on Nonesuch, and some listeners might well prefer Charles Munch, but it's aptly jazzy if perhaps just a touch more relaxed than is ideal. Le Boeuf sur le toit, on the other hand, is simply delightful, full of character and sensitively alive to the score's colorful details. Bernstein recorded only four of the Saudades do Brasil, so EMI has thoughtfully included Milhaud's own 1950s Los Angeles recording. The studio sonics are dry and brash, but certainly adequate, and Read more comparison with Bernstein is very interesting, with very large differences in tempo between conductor and composer, without either version being necessarily preferable. Is this one of the "Great Recordings of the Century"? Perhaps not, but it certainly is one of the most entertaining, with warm and pleasing sonics (for the Bernstein items) in this latest remastering. [4/6/2006]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
2.
La création du monde, Op. 81 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
3.
Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 7, Corcovado by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Darius Milhaud 
4.
Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 9, Sumaré by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Darius Milhaud 
5.
Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 8, Tijuca by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Darius Milhaud 
6.
Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67: no 11, Larenjeiras by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 
7.
Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; France 

Sound Samples

La Création du monde Op. 81a
Saudades do Brasil Op. 67 (2006 Digital Remaster): VII. Corcovado
Saudades do Brasil Op. 67 (2006 Digital Remaster): IX. Sumaré
Saudades do Brasil Op. 67 (2006 Digital Remaster): VIII. Tijuca
Saudades do Brasil Op. 67 (2006 Digital Remaster): XI. Laranjeiras
Le Boeuf sur le toit, '(The) Bull on the Roof' Op. 58 (2006 Digital Remaster)
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Overture
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Soracaba
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Botafogo
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Leme
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Copacabana
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Ipanema
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Gávea
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Corcovado
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Tijuca
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Sumaré
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Paineras
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Laranjeiras
Saudades do Brasil Op.67 (1993 Digital Remaster): Paysandú

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