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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.

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(s)

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(s)

Florent Schmitt’s compositions are not easily categorised, and his compositional ethos, based on the requirements of the music or on the literary, historical or geographic source of inspiration, varied more in style than that of his contemporaries. From the age of seventeen, when he devoted himself to a career in music, Schmitt maintained his French musical lineage, incorporating as its essential element what he called “seductive harmony”. Yet his individual musical language gathered energy from all that he experienced. In spite of his connections to the music of his countrymen, Schmitt’s music avoids easy classification. He has been labelled a product of German romanticism, French sensibilities, exotic locales, Russian experimentalism, and orientalisms. In reality he is an independent, creative force to be reckoned with; one who made authentically original contributions to twentieth-century music.

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