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Milhaud - Chamber Music with Viola
Paul Cortese (viola), Michel Wagemans (piano), Joaquín Palomares (violin), Frank Schaffer (cello)
“Paul Cortese here brings his rich, warm tone and flawless technique to Milhaud's viola music. Of the seven works presented here, four were written in the 1940s while Milhaud was teaching at Mills College in the USA. Exceptions are the two arrangements from the early Saudades do Brasil; the Suite (which includes a jaunty Provençal- flavoured overture, and an engagingly cheery finale); and the much later Sonatine for violin and cello, which contains an unexpectedly emotional slow movement. Of the four other works, the Sonatine is easy-flowing small-talk, unmemorable save for the energetic final fugue; Quatre Visages, however, reveals Milhaud's sly wit in its characterisations of four women – a sunnily contented Californian, a chatterbox from Wisconsin, an earnest creature from Brussels and a vivacious Parisienne. The First Viola Sonata is one of his most endearing works, indulging to the full his penchant for canonic writing. The Second Sonata is less overtly bracing; its central Modéré is charged with expressive drama, while the finale is a rough-and-tumble which tempts Michel Wagemans, alert as he is, into being too loud for his partner – as he sometimes is elsewhere, notably in the early Suite.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Russell Warner, William David Brohn, William Daly, Donald Johnston, Larry Wilcox, Sid Ramin, with Wendy-Jo Vaughn, Stephen Johns, Albert Regni, Lois Martin, Rebecca Luker, Joe Gustern, Joanna Glushak, Susan Jolles, Mitchell Stern, Beth Ravin, John Redsecker, Charles Goff, John Taylor, Scott Kuney, Ann Leathers, Atsuko Sato, Brent Barrett, Joyce Nolen, Juliet Lambert, Roxann Parker, Jason Graae, Jack Doyle, Seymour Red Press, David Gale, Les Scott, Deborah Unger, Martin Agee, Robert Ingliss, Beth Fowler, John Moses, Clay Ruede, Kevin Bailey, James Rocco, Peter Ecklund, Crystal Garner, Benjamin Herman, Stephen Lehew, John Campo, Sally Shumway, Colleen Clausing, Ronald Sell, Laura Conwesser, Douglas Edelman, Jack Gale, Kevin Ligon, Paul Cortese, Don Chastain, Shelley Wald, Mary Lou Barber, John Frosk, Marilyn Reynolds, Mineko Yajima, Don Bradford, Dale Sandish, Mark Agnes, David Braynard, Jeff Lyons, Sharon Moe, Ralph Olsen, Frederick Zlotkin, Suzanne Ornstein, David Barron
1990 Studio Cast Recording
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