Symphony No. 8 by Darius Milhaud

Summary

'''Symphony No. 8''', Op. 362, subtitled ''Rhôdanienne'', is a work for orchestra by French composer Darius Milhaud. The piece was written in 1957 on a commission from the University of California. Its four programmatic movements paint a musical landscape of the course of the Rhone River.

Milhaud's Eighth Symphony has a total running time of about 22 minutes. The titles of the movements, as descriptive of their character as of tempo, are as follows:

# Avec mystère et violence (approx. 5'25")

# Avec sérénité et nochalence (approx. 7'25")

# Avec emportement (approx. 4'30")

# Rapide et majestueux (approx. 4'50")

This symphony is published by Heugel & Cie. Recordings of this symphony currently available include:

* a [http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=136116 stereo recording] of the composer conducting the orchestra of French Radio, re-released in 2003 on the Apex label

* a 1993 all-digital recording by Alun Francis and the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Basel, part of a [http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=16410 boxed set] of Milhaud's Symphonies No. 1-12 on CPO

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