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SCHMITT, Florent (1870-1958)

COMPLETE ORIGINAL WORKS FOR PIANO DUET AND DUO • 2

SUR CINQ NOTES, OP. 34 • REFLETS D'ALLEMAGNE, OP. 28 • 8 COURTES PIÈCES, OP. 41


  • Invencia Piano Duo

Florent Schmitt was one of the most original and influential French composers of his time. His music shimmers with luxuriant melodies, good humour and a fearless harmonic vocabulary. This second of four volumes is filled with innovation and stylistic bravura, from the remarkable variety to be found in Sur cinq notes to the balletic poetry of Reflets d’Allemagne.

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Tracklist

 
Sur 5 notes, Op. 34 (1906) (00:16:11 )
1
I. Ronde * (00:01:08)
2
II. Barcarolle * (00:02:41)
3
III. Mazurka * (00:01:51)
4
IV. Bercement * (00:02:41)
5
V. Danse pyrénéenne * (00:00:59)
6
VI. Mélodie * (00:03:24)
7
VII. Pastorale * (00:02:17)
8
VIII. Farandole * (00:01:13)
 
Reflets d'Allemagne, Op. 28 (1912) (00:20:04 )
9
I. Heidelberg (00:02:43)
10
II. Coblentz (00:03:09)
11
III. Lübeck (00:03:15)
12
IV. Werder (00:02:45)
13
V. Vienne (00:03:04)
14
VI. Dresde (00:02:10)
15
VII. Nuremberg (00:03:11)
16
VIII. Munich (00:03:23)
 
8 Easy Pieces, Op. 41 (1908) (00:19:11 )
17
No. 1. Ouverture * (00:02:36)
18
No. 2. Menuet * (00:02:14)
19
No. 3. Chanson * (00:02:45)
20
No. 4. Sérénade * (00:01:56)
21
No. 5. Virelai * (00:01:11)
22
No. 6. Boléro * (00:03:18)
23
No. 7. Complainte * (00:03:16)
24
No. 8. Cortège * (00:01:57)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:59:07

The Artist

Invencia Piano Duo

The Invencia Piano Duo has won high critical acclaim for its compelling interpretations of a vast and diverse repertoire. Lutsyshyn was a prizewinner at the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers’s Recording Awards Competition and the William Kapell International Piano Competition. Kasparov won the Albert Roussel Prize at the Orléans International Piano Competition and gave the première of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 to great acclaim.

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The Composer

A composition pupil of Massenet and of Fauré at the Paris Conservatoire, Florent Schmitt, in common with a number of his contemporaries, was fascinated by the exotic; an element of orientalism appears as a feature in several of his successful compositions.

Orchestral Music

La Tragédie de Salomé (‘The Tragedy of Salome’), originally a dance piece, was revised as a symphonic poem in 1910. An element of exoticism is apparent in the film score for Flaubert’s Salammbô, with its Carthaginian setting, and in a number of subsequent orchestral works, while his gifts of orchestration are evident in his two symphonies and in a varied series of other compositions.

Choral Music

Schmitt won early success with his exotic setting of Psalm 47 in 1904. Other choral works range from settings of La Fontaine’s fables to liturgical music (settings of the Mass and other sacred texts).

Chamber and Instrumental Music

Chamber music for various combinations of instruments includes finely judged work for wind instruments, while Schmitt’s music for keyboard shows equal variety of conception.

Reviews

“When it comes to expressiveness and communication, Invencia’s elegance and telepathic sense of timing make for a highly satisfying brace of recitals.” – MusicWeb International

“Kasparov and Lutsyshyn play with great clarity and precision, carefully bringing out the intrinsic two-piano nature of the music’s construction.” – MusicWeb International