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Milhaud Chamberworks

Ensemble Polytonaal

Darius Milhaud

SKU: 13998

Year of release: 2001

Suite for Violin, Clarinet And Piano (1936) 11:54
1. Ouverture Darius Milhaud 01:30
2. Divertissement Darius Milhaud 03:22
3. Jeu Darius Milhaud 01:35
4. Introduction Et Final Darius Milhaud 05:25
Second Sonata For Viola And Piano (1944) 12:06
5. Champêtre Darius Milhaud 04:01
6. Dramatique Darius Milhaud 05:29
7. Rude Darius Milhaud 02:35
Sonata For Flute, Oboe, Clarinet And Piano (1918) 17:25
8. Tranquille Darius Milhaud 06:41
9. Joyeux Darius Milhaud 03:18
10. Emporte Darius Milhaud 01:49
11. Douloureux Darius Milhaud 05:36
Second Sonata For Violin And Piano (1917) 17:24
12. Pastoral Darius Milhaud 06:21
13. Vif Darius Milhaud 03:05
14. Lent Darius Milhaud 03:49
15. Très Vif Darius Milhaud 04:07
Quartet For Violin, Viola, Cello And Piano, Op. 417 (1966) 14:25
16. Modérément Animé Darius Milhaud 04:33
17. Lent Darius Milhaud 05:28
18. Vif Darius Milhaud 04:23
Total time: 73:17

About this album

The French composer Darius Milhaud was born in a Provenal/Jewish milieu, where his musical abilities were quickly recognized and encouraged. His parents hoped for a violinist’s career for him, and thus in 1909, Milhaud entered the Conservatory of Paris. However, he soon discovered that his ambitions lay in the field of composition. He received a comprehensive education, during which he already composed a considerable amount of music, influenced primarily by Debussy. His literary interests brought him into contact with the author Paul Claudel, who took Milhaud with him as his secretary when he was appointed French Ambassador to Brazil. Milhaud’s Brazilian sojourn (1917-18) introduced the composer to South American folk music. He developed a polytonal writing style, simultaneously employing several keys and later adding elements of jazz to the mixture. Upon returning to Europe he became a member of the famous ‘Groupe des Six’: Milhaud fought against the Wagnerian influence in French music (both in music and literature) and admired the ascetic style of Erik Satie. His compositions from this period (including ‘Le boeuf sur le toit’) are refreshing, riginal, and uncompromising. Therefore, many of the premieres ended in disorder, and sometimes even violent reactions among the audiences…..

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Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSadie Audio system
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording Date1992
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk, Amsterdam Holland
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl