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Milhaud: Six Chamber Symphonies; Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit; Le Carnaval D'aix

Milhaud / Radio Luxembourg Orchestra
Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94862   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Georges MallachNorbert MatternVenet [Tenor Vocal] ArendRaymond Koster,   ... 
Conductor:  Darius MilhaudBernhard KontarskyLouis de Froment
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Many classical music listeners will be familiar with the name Darius Milhaud, but how familiar are they with his output? The owner of a bold, individual style, Milhaud was active for much of the 20th century, a modernist who is counted among the group of composers known as ‘Les Six’ (a term coined by the music critic Henri Collet in 1920) and who was much influenced by jazz, polytonality as well as the sounds of Brazil.

Bringing together many of his orchestral works, some of which are conducted by the composer himself, this release is the perfect starting-point for those wishing to become acquainted with his art. Beginning with the Six Little Symphonies, early but imaginative works written for a variety of different textures
Read more between 1917 and 1923, the set traverses through the likewise youthful ballet L’homme et son désir, inspired by the mystique of the primeval Brazilian forest, touching on a range of different concertos in its path (including the brilliant Second Piano Concerto, completed in 1941). A carnival spirit colours many of the works –particularly the Suite cisalpine and Le carnaval d’Aix – unsurprising given the composer’s many visits to this country, though the South American colours are always tempered by the Milhaud’s native Provence, imbued as they are with French music-hall melodies, touches of piquant chromaticism and polytonality. Also included is the famous Le bœuf sur le toit, an episodic fantasia on popular Brazilian tunes, and La muse ménagère, composed in honour of Milhaud’s wife.

Together with notes by the composer on several of the works included, this special set offers consummate performances, many of which are given by the former Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg. A valuable addition to the classical music enthusiast’s library. - Brilliant Classics

Other information:

- Darius Milhaud is one of the most colourful and versatile composers of 20th century France.

- Milhaud was active in all fields and genres of composition: opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and solo works, a prolific writer and bold spirit, a member of the French composer’s group “Les Six”, a modernist influenced by jazz, polytonality and Brazilian culture.

- On this release we hear a generous selection of his orchestral works: the 6 chamber symphonies, the hilarious ballet “Le boeuf sur le toit” (the ox on the roof), the 2nd piano concerto, the popular Le Carneval d’Aix, a concerto for percussion and orchestra and several orchestral suites: appealing music of great imagination, colour and fun!

- Excellent recordings, a gem from the VOX catalogue, some of the works conducted by Milhaud himself.

- Booklet includes extensive notes on the music, including contributions from the composer himself.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Chamber Symphony no 1, Op. 43 "Le printemps" by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Chamber Symphony no 2, Op. 49 "Pastorale" by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Chamber Symphony no 3, Op. 71 "Serenade" by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Chamber Symphony no 4, Op. 74 "Overture, Chorale and Etude" by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Chansons (4) de Ronsard, Op. 223 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Chamber Symphony no 6, Op. 79 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Georges Mallach (Cello), Norbert Mattern (Oboe), Venet [Tenor Vocal] Arend (),
Raymond Koster (), Josette [Soprano Vocal] Doemer ()
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
L'Homme et son désir, "poème plastique" (ballet) for 4 voices, 12 instruments & 15 percussion (or 2 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Georges Mallach (Cello), Norbert Mattern (Oboe), Venet [Tenor Vocal] Arend (),
Raymond Koster (), Josette [Soprano Vocal] Doemer ()
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: Modern 
Written: 1918 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 17 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Concerto, for 2 pianos & orchestra (or 3 pianos) No. 1, Op. 228 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Grant Johannesen (Piano)
Conductor:  Bernhard Kontarsky
Period: Modern 
Written: 1941 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Suite cisalpine for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 332 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Thomas Blees (Cello)
Conductor:  Bernhard Kontarsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
10.
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 by Darius Milhaud
Conductor:  Louis de Froment
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Orchestra, Op. 109 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Daniel Faure (Percussion)
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Viola no 1, Op. 108 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Ulrich Koch (Viola)
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
La muse menagère, Op. 245 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Grant Johannesen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 21 Minutes 20 Secs. 
14.
Le carnaval d'Aix, Op. 83b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Carl Seemann (Piano)
Conductor:  Darius Milhaud
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; France 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 18 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphonie de chambre No. 1, Op. 43, "Le printemps"
Symphonie de chambre No. 2, Op. 49, "Pastorale"
Symphonie de chambre No. 3, Op. 71, "Serenade"
Symphonie de chambre No. 4, Op. 74
Symphonie de chambre No. 5, Op. 75
Symphonie de chambre No. 6, Op. 79
L'Homme et son desir, Op. 48
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 225
Suite cisalpine, Op. 332
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
Percussion Concerto, Op. 109
Viola Concerto No. 1, Op. 108
La muse menagere (The Household Muse), Op. 245
Le carnaval d'Aix, Op. 83b: La carvaval d'Aix, Op. 83b

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