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SCHMITT, Florent (1870-1958)

COMPLETE ORIGINAL WORKS FOR PIANO DUET AND DUO [4-CD BOXED SET]


  • Invencia Piano Duo

Florent Schmitt stands alongside Debussy and Ravel as one of the most original and influential French composers of his time. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1900, Schmitt wrote successfully in many forms but he was a formidable pianist who described his often rich and multi-staved scores as “fistfuls of piano”. His music for the instrument is colourful, filled with adventurous harmonic innovation, stylistic bravura and good humoured wit. This complete collection for piano duo and duet includes unpublished works and rarities.

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Tracklist

Disc 1
 
3 Rapsodies, Op. 53 (1904) (00:21:57 )
1
No. 1. Française (00:05:16)
2
No. 2. Polonaise (00:09:05)
3
No. 3. Viennoise (00:07:33)
 
7 Pieces, Op. 15 (1899) (00:26:21 )
4
No. 1. Somnolence (00:03:16)
5
No. 2. Souvenir de Ribeaupierre (00:03:51)
6
No. 3. Scintillement (00:03:21)
7
No. 4. Souhaits de jeune fille (00:02:46)
8
No. 5. Promenade à l'étang (00:04:11)
9
No. 6. Fête septentrionale (00:04:10)
10
No. 7. Traversée heureuse (00:04:33)
11
Rhapsodie parisienne (1898) (00:06:12)
Disc 2
 
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 )
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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 )
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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)
Disc 3
1
Marche du 163 R.I., Op. 48, No. 2 (1916) (00:07:13)
 
Feuillets de voyage, Book 1, Op. 26 (1913) (00:11:00 )
2
No. 1. Sérénade (00:03:46)
3
No. 2. Visite (00:03:26)
4
No. 3. Compliments (00:01:14)
5
No. 4. Douceur du soir (00:02:12)
6
No. 5. Danse britannique (00:01:36)
 
Feuillets de voyage, Book 2, Op. 26 (1913) (00:13:59 )
7
No. 1. Berceuse (00:04:27)
8
No. 2. Mazurka (00:01:30)
9
No. 3. Marche burlesque (00:02:17)
10
No. 4. Retour à l'endroit familier (00:03:08)
11
No. 5. Valse (00:03:45)
 
Musiques foraines, Op. 22 (1902) (00:25:22 )
12
I. Parade (00:04:38)
13
II. Boniment de clowns (00:02:41)
14
III. La belle Fathma (00:03:37)
15
IV. Les éléphants savants (00:04:29)
16
V. La pythonisse (00:04:39)
17
VI. Chevaux de bois (00:05:13)
Disc 4
 
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 )
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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)
Total Time: 03:49:41

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

“This is a wonderful set, one in which The Invencia Piano Duo should not only be congratulated, but also thanked. Their playing is impeccable and shows great sensibility throughout, but it is their research and dedication to the composer that deserves the applause, with every disc containing premiere recordings.” – MusicWeb International

“This is witty piano playing with sparkling coloring. Stunning.” – Klassiek Centraal