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Darius Milhaud

Hyperion Helios 55168

Ballets

  • Le carnival d'Aix
  • L'apotheose de Moliere
  • Le carnaval des Londres
  • Le boeuf sur le toit
Jack Gibbons, piano
The New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp
Hyperion Helios CDH55168 77m DDD
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Ronald Corp's now famous Milhaud ballet recordings now reappear on a budget priced Helios disc and they are quite a remarkable bargain. The clarity of orchestral playing, good humour and sheer enjoyment are just three characteristics in the hilariously enjoyable 'Le carnival d'Aix' with its jazzy piano part or the miraculously deft 'L'apotheose de Moliere'. Ronald Corp directs with empathy in the kaleidoscopic 'Le carnival de Londres' whilst the famous 'Le boeuf sur le toit' is also very well handled.

These recordings match Milhaud's own (Turnabout and Vox Box) but the up-to-the-minute sound is obviously a huge bonus.

Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech

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