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MILHAUD, D.: Suite / Scaramouche / Violin Sonata No. 2 (Fessard, Pelassy, Reyes)

Composer(s):Milhaud, Darius
Artist(s) Fessard, Jean-Marc, clarinet • Reyes, Eliane, piano • Pelassy, Frederic, violin
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572278
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Darius Milhaud frequently composed music for stage and screen. The Suite derives from his incidental music for Jean Anouilh’s play Le Voyageur. The outer movements of Scaramouche are taken from his stage music for Charles Vildrac’s adaptation of Molière’s Le Médecin volant, with the central movement drawn from the overture for Jules Supervielle’s Bolivar. Le Printemps and the Cinéma-Fantaisie similarly rework previously composed music. In each case, Milhaud created new works whose sophistication, lively rhythms and elegance matter more than their origins. The two remaining works, the Violin Sonata No. 2 and the Sonatina for clarinet and piano, were freshly

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Review By Phil Muse,Audio Video Club of Atlanta,November 2010

Darius Milhaud (1892–1974) one of the 20 th century’s most prolific composers, was also one of the easiest to love. His rhythms are highly infectious, as is his fondness for popular and folk-inflected melodies. His natural proclivities, in part a product of his Provençal origin, were further heightened by his assignment in Rio de Janeiro as secretary to French diplomat and poet Paul Claudel in 1917–19, giving him the opportunity to absorb the characteristic rhythms of that country.


 

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