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Florent Schmitt: Piano Quintet; A tour d'anches

Album Summary

>Schmitt, Florent : Quintet for piano & strings in B major, Op. 51
>Schmitt, Florent : A Tour d'Anches, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon & piano, Op. 97
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Notes & Reviews:

Compared by contemporaries to Ravel and Debussy, composer Florent Schmitt is being rediscovered today. Following his death, one critic mourned that "French music has just lost a smile and a master." The whimsical and sparkling A tour d'anches and the dramatically beautiful Piano Quintet reveal a powerful and distinctive personality. By turns lyrical, humorous and fiery, these two chamber works span a period of almost 40 years, from the beginning of Schmitt's mature period to his late style.

American Record Guide
The performances and sound engineering are first-rate, and Naxos's price makes the disc a justifiable frivolous purchase for people looking slightly off the beaten path for early 20th Century French music.

Fanfare
I have continued to enjoy it immensely on repeated hearing. Excellent, clean, well-balanced recorded sound and helpful notes round out the production.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Villa Siemens, Berlin, Germany.



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>Schmitt, Florent : Quintet for piano & strings in B major, Op. 51
  • Ensemble: Solisten-Ensemble Berlin
  • Notes: Villa Siemens, Berlin, Germany (04/05/2008-04/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1908

>Schmitt, Florent : A Tour d'Anches, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon & piano, Op. 97
  • Ensemble: Solisten-Ensemble Berlin
  • Notes: Villa Siemens, Berlin, Germany (04/04/2008-04/07/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1947