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The sonic and musical highlight here is the jazz-inspired Milhaud La Creation du Monde. This is superbly played and performed, in excellent sonics. However the Milhaud Suite Provencale doesn't ring my chimes either sonically or musically, I'm afraid. The Honnegger symphony is something else. This is a stunning performance, to be sure, but somewhat marred by sub-par sound. It truly shows how RCA sound quality fell off a cliff after the early 60s. The all-important strings are scratchy and astringent, whilst the solo trumpet really does not sing out during the final hymn to freedom. So, really scruffy early solid-state sound - this contrasts massively with the more mellifluous and glowing 'Shaded Dog' sound given to the Milhaud works just a few years earlier.
Title: Milhaud La Création du Monde & Suite Provençale
Honegger Symphony No. 2 For String Orchestra And Trumpet
Artist(s): (Milhaud) Charles Munch conducts The Boston Symphony Orchestra
(Honegger) Charles Munch Conducts the Orchestre De Paris
Source used for Transfer: 15ips 2-track tape
Recording Info: (Milhaud) Recorded 1961 at Boston Symphony Hall
Engineer – John Crawford and Lewis Layton Producer – Max Wilcox
(Honegger) Released by EMI records 1968
Suite Provençale 16:40
Le Création Du Monde 15:38
Honegger - Symphony No. 2 For String Orchestra And Trumpet
1st Movement: Molto Moderato - Allegro 10:24
2nd Movement: Adagio Mesto 7:47
3rd Movement: Vivace, Non Troppo Presto 5:11