Milhaud: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6

COMPOSERS: Milhaud
LABELS: CPO
WORKS: Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 6
PERFORMER: Basle RSO/Alun Francis
CATALOGUE NO: 999 066-2 DDD
Most people balk at the sheer prodigality of Milhaud’s output, but for those who are curious enough to investigate a different side to this Twenties Parisian iconoclast, these two neo-classical symphonies offer attractive, if not especially memorable listening. The Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra and their conductor make out the best possible case for the music, but it’s a pity that the production is marred by some clumsy editing. Erik Levi

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