Honegger/Milhaud

COMPOSERS: Honegger/Milhaud
LABELS: Vanguard
WORKS: Judith; La création du monde
PERFORMER: Netania Davrath, Madeleine Milhaud; Salt Lake City Symphonic Choir, Utah SO/Maurice Abravanel
CATALOGUE NO: OVC 8088 ADDReissue
Honegger’s ‘biblical drama’ Judith (1925) anticipates his later masterpiece, Joan of Arc at the Stake, in its rich mixture of narration, vocal and orchestral music. It is a striking work deserving a wider currency; and Abravanel’s interpretation sounds well in this new transfer, for it has particularly strong solo artists. Milhaud’s La création du monde (1923) was composed after a visit to America and reflects a jazz influence, which is strikingly captured in this performance. Terry Barfoot

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