Debussy, Roussel, Milhaud

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COMPOSERS: Debussy,Milhaud,Roussel
LABELS: Chandos
WORKS: La mer; Symphony No. 4; Sinfonietta; Suite Provençale
PERFORMER: Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Jarvi
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 9072 DDD
Milhaud’s Suite Provençale consists of eight varied and colourful orchestral arrangements of pieces by the 18th-century composer André Campra. Strings, woodwind and percussion each get opportunities to shine, and Jarvi manages unerringly to capture the mood of each movement.

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His reading of Debussy’s La mer also reveals the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a finely tuned body of players. There is exquisite blending of colours between strings and woodwind, and the big moments display American brass playing at its sonorously disciplined best.

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Roussel’s Fourth Symphony is handled with energetic discipline, but the Sinfonietta’s outlines are blurred by an over-sumptuous tone and a lack of definition in tempo changes. The recording quality is clear though a shade dry. John White