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Milhaud:Music For Wind Instruments [CD]

Darius Milhaud , Athena Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Composer: Darius Milhaud
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000A8R
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: I. Cortege 1:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: II. Aubade 1:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: III. Jongleurs 1:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: IV. La Malousinglade 2:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: V. Joutes sur l'Arc0:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: VI. Chasse a Valabre 1:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La cheminee du roi Rene, Op. 205: VII. Madrigal-Nocturne 2:59£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: I. Entree at Rondeau 1:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: II. Tambourin0:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: III. Musette0:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: IV. Serenade 1:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: V. Fanfare0:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: VI. Rondeau 1:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suite d'apres Corrette, Op. 161: VII. Menuets I, II and III 2:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suite D'Apres Corrette, Op. 161: VIII. Le Coucou0:59£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Divertissement, Op. 299b: I. Balance 3:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Divertissement, Op. 299b: II. Dramatique 3:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Divertissement, Op. 299b: III. Joyeux 3:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Pastorale, Op. 147 3:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. 2 Sketches, Op. 227b: No. 1. Madrigal 3:13£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. 2 Sketches, Op. 227b: No. 2. Pastoral 2:25£0.59  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Night 12 Nov 2012
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Darius Milhaud is criminally underrated in the UK in favour of overly romantic mush and histrionics. These works are charmingly concise, in Milhaud's own inimitable style and stylistically not unlike Erik Satie with short movements, none of which lasts much more than three minutes each. Never overly sentimental but always thematically busy, there is a great mind at work at work beneath the lightness of the ensemble.

Perhaps the best-known piece here is `Roi René's Chimney', of which listeners to BBC radio 3's `Through The Night' may recognise the last movement, `Madrigal Nocturne' as the signature music.

The playing of the Athena Ensemble is spot on in terms of ensemble, dynamics and choices of tempi. This is a quality recording from 1991 which I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful 29 Dec 2013
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Very cheap and very cheerful! A good CD for car journeys on holiday. Fairly even dynamics and above all fun. Good price too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milhaud's Music for Winds--Unwind chez King René's "Chimney" 19 Mar 2012
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Although the works on this CD may not figure among the "greatest" Milhaud, this is a mostly very relaxing "easy listening" program. I don't know if this represents the composer's complete wind music, but even if it does, the timing of the disc is short--less than 42 minutes. However, that's offset by the bargain reissue price. Also this seems to be the only currently available recording of several of the works here.

"La Cheminée du roi René" is a suite of pieces based on the film music for "Cavalcade d'Amour." According to the notes, the "Chimney" of the title refers to a favorite recreational area of René d'Anjou, "a natural shelter and suntrap" near his court at Aix-en-Provence. The seven movements depict typical amusements of a medieval court: hunting, jousting, music, jugglers. Milhaud adopts an enchanting quasi-medieval style, spiced with modalism and gentle polytonality, alternating lively and lyrical movements. At times, the hunting piece, "Chasse à la Valabre," suggests an isorhythmic motet in triple meter, with occasional duple hemiolas that suggest the riders urging the horses on with their crops. The "Madrigal-Nocturne" ends the day in a poetic mood as the court contentedly departs, the sunset illuminating the scene with slanting rays of deep orange-pink and blue. I first heard this piquant yet amiable piece in my (distant) teens, in the performance by the New York Woodwind Quintet, and I've had a warm spot in my heart for it ever since. The Athena Ensemble's agile performance does not suffer by the comparison.

The "Suite d'après Corrette" derives from incidental music for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Milhaud's choice of baroque composer Michel Corrette as source material is, of course, anachronistic. However, such quibbling is disarmed by the genial score itself. Milhaud treats Corrette's material with elegance, sensitivity, and complete freedom. The original melodies are treated as a springboard for complete reworkings, not "arrangements" or facile pastiche.

Despite its title, the "Divertissement," based on music for Resnais' film, "Gaugin," is much the toughest work here. The first two movements move from a conflict of 4/4 and 3/4, through an uneasy peace and an angry quarrel. This leads to unexpected agreement in the finale--in dancing 6/8 which reconciles the conflict between duple and triple meter. Although the music is not atonal, it is quite dissonant until the good-humored finale.

The "Pastorale" and the "Two Sketches" are both lighter stuff--what Satie might have called "furniture music." Satie used this phrase to describe much of his own music, and it is not meant perjoratively. It merely means music with which one can feel comfortable--one doesn't have to invest a great deal of concentration in order to enjoy it.

Most of this CD represents Milhaud at his most ingratiating. Recommended to lovers of "Les Six," Satie, etc.--delightful lightweight stuff, played with wit and sensitivity by the Athena Ensemble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Milhaud, a new favourite 11 Nov 2012
By Christine Shaw - Published on
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I have only discovered the music of Milhaud lately while researching for a show. I love his quirky funny music, different keys going at the same time. The woodwind music is lovely, chortling and weaving. There is a joy about his music, and this CD certainly expresses that!
5.0 out of 5 stars Description 20 Dec 2013
By John A. Macbain - Published on
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I love chamber music and had not collected Milhaud previously. I love his style, and these performances are full of life and exuberance.
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