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Milhaud’s ambitious trilogy is an inspired and frustrating oddity. The first two parts are conventional enough (the second, Les Choéphores, is reasonably well known), but these are dwarfed by the 90-minute, three-act third part, Les Eumenides. The patient listener, though, is rewarded by many striking moments and music of great originality, especially for the (here excellent) chorus. soloists and players are mostly good, and at Naxos’s price this is surely worth a punt.

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