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MILHAUD, D.: Creation du monde (La) / Le Boeuf sur le toit / Suite provencale

Composer(s):Milhaud, Darius
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557287
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although Darius Milhaud’s listed compositions number 443, his reputation rests largely on a series of imaginative works written at the end of World War I and during the early 1920s. Le Boeuf sur le toit, a work of unusual melodic and rhythmic appeal and Latin-American overtones, was originally composed as background music for a silent film. The ballet L’Homme et son désir, for four wordless singers, solo wind, strings, and a vast percussion section, was seen for a time as the composer’s most radical and influential work. Scored for alto saxophone and 17 players, the jazzy ballet La Création du monde, was inspired by an American big-band and has long been the composer’s most played work.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Naxos issue, vividly recorded, makes an ideal Milhaud collection, surveying a wide range of his long career. It includes his two most popular works, the ballets Le Boeuf sur le toit (1919) and La Création du monde, both reflecting his dalliance with jazz and the music of South America. Jean-Claude Casadesus conducts the Lille Orchestra in warmly idiomatic performances which combine refinement with rhythmic bite. The rarity is an even earlier ballet, L’Homme et son désir, written in 1917–18 to a scenario by Paul Claudel, set in the primeval Amazonian forest. The exotic scoring is for solo wind and strings, with a very large percussion section and four solo voices singing wordlessly. The atmospheric colours of the piece are


Review By Classica,October 2006


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