Gramophone

Nothing oddball about the chosen tempi in a fascinating and valuable collection of works by Milhaud in old recordings, some of them genuinely historic and all very nicely transferred by Divine Art. Good, too, to hear Walter Goehr’s 1936 recording of the three-minute Little Symphony of 1926 and Monteux’s 1945 Protée Symphonic Suite with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. I enjoyed a sequence with the Vienna Symphony under Henry Swoboda (someone who deserves a revival in his own right), especially the dramatic Suite from Milhaud’s opera Maximilien. Useful notes, and at 79’28”, a generous programme, well worth investigating.

—Rob Cowan