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Florent Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé; Ombres; Miarges

Album Summary

>Schmitt, Florent : Ombres, for piano, Op. 64
>Schmitt, Florent : Mirages for piano, Op. 70
>Schmitt, Florent : La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 bis
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Notes & Reviews:

Naxos presents the world premiere recording of Florence Schmitt's The Tragedy of Salome, praised by Igor Stravinsky as 'one of the greatest masterpieces in modern music'. Also featured on this record is Ombres, Op. 64, which has been compared with Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit, and Mirages, Op. 70, which pays tribute to Debussy and Liszt. Vincent Lardaret is a prize-winner in several international piano competitions and performs in major concert halls and at renowned international festivals.

Fanfare
Larderet continues the tradition in fine fashion. His performance is gripping and multi-timbred. Perhaps the ecstasy of the central "Danse des perles" could have risen further. No such gripes to the final movement, however, with its Stravinskian dances expertly, and excitingly, realized.

Fanfare
Larderet's skilled and persuasive advocacy for this imperfect composer certainly deserves to be applauded. Schmitt makes punishing demands on the performer, which Larderet meets in spades.

MusicWeb International
Mastery of the score emerges as strongly as in the other works on this recording. The music suggests a live performance, an aspect of the recording that is laudable in itself. At the same time, the sense of improvisation that Larderet brings to various passages is effective in conveying his solid reading and persuasive interpretations.

ResMusica.com
The program is chosen with intelligence and even offers a world first, a purely pianistic reading of the transcript of the Tragedy of Salome, the "tube" by Florent Schmitt. This version is the work of the composer himself and was published, just like the original orchestral, by Editions Durand in 1914. The additional program is built around cycle Shadows and two Mirages. Compared to Gaspard de la nuit Ravel, due to technical requirements of its first part, the triptych Shadows is a free interpretation of literary sources for the first and third parts of spontaneous inspiration and memories for the Mediterranean "Moorish" central. Compounds on the outskirts of the 1920s, the Mirages, dive into the magic of French music: piano a colorful, shimmering and still a classy elegance.

American Record Guide
He [Vincent Larderet] has special gifts for evenness and light tremolos. Another strength is his ability to project different sounds: his soft bass passages are rumbling and ominous, and his full-force chordal attacks are overwhelming and brilliant (never even shrill, just powerful). I didn't sense any particular "live" quality to the playing; it actually sounds more careful and restrained than Larent Wagschal on Saphir. No matter. This remains a very strong Naxos offering, further introduction to the music of a little known 20th Century pioneer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/08/2009-07/10/2009).



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>Schmitt, Florent : Ombres, for piano, Op. 64
  • Performer: Vincent Larderet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schmitt, Florent : Mirages for piano, Op. 70
  • Performer: Vincent Larderet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schmitt, Florent : La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 bis :: Part 1. Prélude
  • Performer: Vincent Larderet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Schmitt, Florent : La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 bis :: Part 1. Danse des perles
  • Performer: Vincent Larderet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Schmitt, Florent : La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 bis :: Part 2. Lent - Les Enchantements sur la mer - Danse des éclairs -
  • Performer: Vincent Larderet (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (07/08/2009-07/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet