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Milhaud: Scaramouche, La Libertadora, etc / Coombs, Pizarro

Album Summary

>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
>Milhaud, Darius : Kentuckiana, divertissement sur 20 airs du Kentucky, for 2 pianos, Op. 287
>Milhaud, Darius : Le Bal martiniquais (2), for 2 pianos, Op. 249
>Milhaud, Darius : Les songes (3), suite for 2 pianos, Op. 237
>Milhaud, Darius : Carnaval a la Nouvelle-Orleans (4), for 2 pianos, Op. 275
>Milhaud, Darius : La Libertadora, suite of dances from "Bolivar" for 2 pianos, Op. 236a
>Milhaud, Darius : Le boeuf sur le toit, reduction of ballet for piano, 4 hands, Op. 58arr
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'An entertaining and delightful issue' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'A hugely entertaining new disc from Hyperion and a superb introduction to the work of a currently rather underrated composer' (BBC Record Review)

'Performances are simply marvellous. They're quite simply the finest on disc to date for Milhaud's piano music, and in sensational sonics too. Highly recommended' (In Tune, Japan/USA)

'Sparkling performances of catchy music' (The Guardian)

'If you like two-piano music you'll love this disc. There is simply so much to enjoy. Piano discs as uninhibited and infectious as this are few and far between' (Gramophone)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Milhaud was an inveterate traveller who absorbed influences from many national styles. The music here exudes infectious dance impulses, languid geniality, knockabout humour and joie de vivre. It may inhabit a limited expressive sphere, but providing you don't expect introspection or searching profundity you won't be disappointed. There's enjoyment at every turn, whether in the foot-tapping 'Brazileira', the Satie-esque simplicity of the 'Valse' from Lessonges, or the breezy music-hall atmosphere of Le boeuf sur le toit, with its wonderfully imaginative piano writing. The performances are exemplary.

Stephen Coombs and Artur Pizarro both enjoy the byways of the piano repertory, and, even if Pizarro is the more starry soloist, they're well matched as a duo. Coombs's top part is suitably bright and sharply lit, and is offset by Pizarro's more subtle colouring. They revel in the protracted playfulness of Le boeuf sur le toit, where their feeling for Hispanic exoticism is matched by their virtuosity. The recorded sound is excellent.



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Works Details

>Milhaud, Darius : Scaramouche, Op. 165b
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Milhaud, Darius : Kentuckiana, divertissement sur 20 airs du Kentucky, for 2 pianos, Op. 287
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Milhaud, Darius : Le Bal martiniquais (2), for 2 pianos, Op. 249
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Milhaud, Darius : Les songes (3), suite for 2 pianos, Op. 237
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Milhaud, Darius : Carnaval à la Nouvelle-Orléans (4), for 2 pianos, Op. 275
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Milhaud, Darius : La Libertadora, suite of dances from "Bolivar" for 2 pianos, Op. 236a
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Milhaud, Darius : Le boeuf sur le toit, reduction of ballet for piano, 4 hands, Op. 58arr
  • Performers: Stephen Coombs (Piano); Artur Pizarro (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920