International Record Review

The Suite, Op. 152 for violin, clarinet and piano is one of Milhaud’s happiest lighter works and a rare 1952 French recording of it by Jacques Parrenin, Ulysse Delécluse and Annette Haas-Hamburger opens an excellent Milhaud anthology on Divine Art. It is followed by the Second Suite for Protée, played by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Monteux; the 1945 recording comes up marvellously in this transfer. Walter Goehr conducted a 1936 recording of the Little Symphony no. 3, Op. 71 with a line-up of London’s finest musicians of the time, including Jean Pougnet and Reginald Kell. The remaining items here are with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Swoboda: the Serenade for Orchestra, Op. 62’ the Suite from Maximilien, Op. 110b; Trois Rag Caprices, Op. 78; and the Five Studies for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 63, in which the soloist is Paul Badura-Skoda. This is an imaginative collection in superbly restored sound.

—Nigel Simeone