Milhaud, Fauré, Saint Sa‘ns, Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel, Pierné & Messager

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0

COMPOSERS: Debussy; Faure; Milhaud; Pierné & Messager; Poulenc; Ravel; Saint Saëns
LABELS: Veloce
ALBUM TITLE: Collection
WORKS: Works by Milhaud, Fauré, Saint Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel, Pierné & Messager
PERFORMER: Nigel Hinson, Keith Puddy (clarinet), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: VELCD 9502 (available from Hinson School of Music 0115 985 6343, £10 incl. p&p)

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The highlight here is Poulenc’s Duo Sonata for two clarinets, which is a delightfully entertaining miniature. Of the remaining works, Milhaud’s lightweight Duo Concertant is the most convincing, though in general the playing lacks finesse and subtlety, resulting in rather imaginative performances.

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Tim Payne