Thursday, August 19, 2010

Milhaud - Complete Symphonies - Francis, RSO Basel

 

 

This remarkable set of all 12 Darius Milhaud symphonies (five CDs) raises a number of immediate questions, not the least of which is why Milhaud's symphonies aren't recognized for their overall artistic merit more than they Darius Milhaud 1926, Parisare. Milhaud started off, as so many composers of his generation did, dabbling in various avant-garde techniques, which are to some degree present in Symphonies 1 and 2 (dated 1939 and 1944, respectively). They are youthful, brash, and militantly French (lots of marching drums, trumpet fanfares, salutes, etc.). But by Symphony No. 3 (of 1946), Milhaud's temperament has stabilized and matured. His palette, though, expands in richness, and the symphonies to follow show Milhaud at his inventive best. Outstanding in this collection are Symphonies 5 and 6 (1953 and 1955), which are by turns moody and deliciously sweet, never atonal or dissonant. The fact that Symphonies 5 and 6 are rarely performed and never recorded makes these works alone a selling point for this collection. This is a stellar collection that belongs in every library of 20th-century music.--Paul Cook

 

CD INFO

5 cd, flac, scans

4 comments:

  1. This looks interesting, not heard any of his works, so i'll give it a go. Again, many thanks :-)

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  2. Hmm. Part 8 is missing!
    after downloading the first 7 too...
    Is there any way you can reup?

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