Milhaud: L’album de Madame Bovary; Saudades do Brasil; Les charmes de la vie

COMPOSERS: Milhaud
LABELS: Unicorn-Kanchana
WORKS: L’album de Madame Bovary; Saudades do Brasil; Les charmes de la vie
PERFORMER: Boaz Sharon (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: DKP(CD) 9155 DDD
Darius Milhaud certainly belongs to the ‘unjustly neglected’ category of composer. Full of Twenties jazz influence, Latin American rhythms, harmonies playing colourfully with polytonality and overall an ascerbically French sense of irony, the music represented here is worth exploring, though ultimately it doesn’t seem outstandingly memorable. Boaz Sharon gives sensitive and persuasive performances of music ranging from the score to Jean Renoir’s film of Madame Bovary to 12 Brazilian tangos. Jessica Duchen

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