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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #160 on: November 14, 2017, 08:44:09 AM »
Cross Posted from WAYLTN:

Milhaud Symphony No 5.



No side drum. What a relief!

A pleasant, sunny work, which I enjoyed. But not real Milhaud. Too profound, not flippant enough.

I found this in the booklet notes.

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Those who expect these symphonies to contain the bizarre contortions or bold distortions of bitonality or melodic formulations characteristic of the light music will be disappointed.

That sums it up. Give me my light music!

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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #161 on: November 14, 2017, 10:00:37 AM »
Milhaud Symphony No 5.
No side drum. What a relief!

 ;D :D ;D

A pleasant, sunny work, which I enjoyed. But not real Milhaud. Too profound, not flippant enough.

The Sixth begins with a quirky melody and the following symphonies lose much of their American (i.e., Coplandesque) flavor. Maybe the second half of his output will be more to your liking.

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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #162 on: November 15, 2017, 01:05:14 PM »
I'm on a Milhaud tear, ask me a question. lol
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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #163 on: November 15, 2017, 04:52:23 PM »
The Sixth begins with a quirky melody and the following symphonies lose much of their American (i.e., Coplandesque) flavor. Maybe the second half of his output will be more to your liking.

I'm working my way there. :)

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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #164 on: November 17, 2017, 07:40:06 PM »
I'm working my way there. :)

I'm curious about No.10
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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #165 on: November 19, 2017, 02:31:48 AM »
I may have said this before, but I'm a fan of Milhaud's last two string quartets, nrs 17 and 18. Particularly the last one, dedicated to his parents, is a beauty.

It's really too bad these works have never really entered the recital repertory. It would be good to hear other interpretations than the Parisii  -  not because they're bad, but to round out the character of this music.

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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
« Reply #166 on: November 24, 2017, 04:55:49 PM »
I may have said this before, but I'm a fan of Milhaud's last two string quartets, nrs 17 and 18. Particularly the last one, dedicated to his parents, is a beauty.

It's really too bad these works have never really entered the recital repertory. It would be good to hear other interpretations than the Parisii  -  not because they're bad, but to round out the character of this music.

What about that Cybellia label cycle?

Yes, I too enjoy them. After 18, he went on to write 5(?) String Quintets and a Sextet! Indefatigable But I like all the SQs 12-18, his is an effusive style for sure! Ilikethe Revueltas Mexico of 13.

I just brought over the Arriaga rec. of 1-2, which I think form another perfect set of bookends alongside with 17-18... their performances are "10 times better" than the Parisii.
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Re: Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) SONATINA Op.354
« Reply #167 on: November 26, 2017, 08:33:47 AM »
Sonatina Op.354

I am loving Milhaud's most perfectly realized piano music. It's less than 10 minutes, and perfectly anonymous in the way only Milhaud can be. I detect the influence of Satie very strongly here, suffused with Milhaud's all encompassing technique of all-at-once. Ultimately, I find it very beautiful.

The actual Piano Sonata No.2, of a few years previous, is very similar, but the Sonatina in pretty much Milhaud's final word on the subject, and, as such, is a masterpiece of summation. Beauty, with complexity.
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