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SCHMITT, Florent (1870-1958)

COMPLETE ORIGINAL WORKS FOR PIANO DUET AND DUO • 4

HUMORESQUES, OP. 43 • LIED ET SCHERZO, OP. 54 • TROIS PIECES RECREATIVES OP. 37 • UNE SEMAINE DE PETITE DU PETIT ELFE FERME-L'OEIL, OP. 58


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Florent Schmitt was one of the most important of all French composers, an individualist who defies the simplicities of classification. The last of this four-disc series explores Schmitt’s Humoresques, Op. 43, a cycle full of unexpected and witty twists, as well as the visionary Lied et scherzo, Op. 54. His gift for characterisation is always evident, not least in Trois pièces récréatives, Op. 37 which is strongly spiced with humour.

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Tracklist

 
Humoresques, Op. 43 (1911) (00:17:37 )
1
No. 1. Marche militaire (00:03:14)
2
No. 2. Rondeau (00:01:18)
3
No. 3. Bucolique (00:04:45)
4
No. 4. Scherzetto (00:02:28)
5
No. 5. Valse sentimentale (00:03:20)
6
No. 6. Danse grotesque (00:02:22)
7
Lied et scherzo, Op. 54 (version for piano 4 hands) (1910) * (00:10:59)
 
3 Pièces récréatives, Op. 37 (1907) (00:04:28 )
8
No. 1. Quadrille * (00:01:33)
9
No. 2. Gavotte * (00:01:25)
10
No. 3. Marche * (00:01:28)
 
Une semaine du petit elfe ferme-l'œil, Op. 58 (1905) (00:19:38 )
11
I. La noce des souris (00:02:59)
12
II. Le cigogne lasse (00:04:18)
13
III. Le cheval de Ferme-l'œil (00:01:43)
14
IV. Le mariage de la poupée Berthe (00:04:48)
15
V. La ronde des lettres boiteuses (00:01:23)
16
VI. La promenade à travers le tableau (00:04:38)
17
VII. Le parapluie chinois (00:03:48)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:56:29

The Artist

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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

Classica

“As in the preceding volumes, technical perfection, synchronicity, collaboration as well as warm and sonorous timbre result in an interpretation as perfect as the music itself.” – Classica

“Every piece is well crafted, and played with sensitivity by pianists Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn” – Fanfare

“Music of quality, stylishly played; surprisingly moreish, too.” – MusicWeb International