DARIUS MILHAUD (1892-1974): Ballade, Op. 61, 5 Études, Op. 63, Le Carnaval d'Aix, Op. 83b, Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 127, Fantaisie Pastorale, Op. 188, Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 228, Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 270, Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 295, Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 346.
Catalogue Number: 02I061
Reference: 777 162
Description: Milhaud - Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra Most people will be familiar with the early Carnaval of 1926, a twelve-movement kaleidoscope of commedia dell'arte depictions in the easily approachable idiom of Le bœuf sur le toît or La création du monde. The Ballade (1920) is full of Mediterranean and South American color but things change with the Études of 1921: miniature excursions into problems of piano technique and polyrhythms and polytonality which caused the police to be called to clear the Parisian hall in which the premiere was held. The first concerto (1933) is in Milhaud's fully mature style, with the "polys" effectively married to engaging neo-classical manners while the 1939 Fantaisie rather stands alone in its remarkably relaxed, simple serenity. The remaining concertos (1941; 1946; 1949 and 1955) are highly interesting, often quite entertaining and approachable further excursions into Milhaud's characteristic language with dissonance and difficulty most evident in the Fourth. 2 CDs. Michael Korstick (piano), Kaiserslautern Radio Orchestra; Alun Francis.