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Schmitt: La Tragedie de Salome; Le Palais Hante / Tortelier

Album Summary

>Schmitt, Florent : Le Tragédie de Salomé, ballet, Op. 50
>Schmitt, Florent : Le Palais Hanté, Op. 49
>Schmitt, Florent : Psaume 47, Op. 38
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A well known critic and composer during his lifetime, following his death, Florence Schmitt's compositions fell into neglect. Through the talents of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir, three remarkable pieces have been brought back into the public. Enjoy the rhythmic exuberance, varied orchestration and imaginative use of traditional harmonies which are all unique to the works of Florence Schmitt.

"This disc is an absolute stunner... This marvellous recording of three of Florent Schmitt’s most dramatic works is the first fruit of Tortelier’s relationship with this fine orchestra and I hope that it will not be the last... The magnificent Chandos DSD recording was made by Ulrich Schneider, whose experience in capturing the sound of this orchestra and the acoustic of the Sala São Paulo is second to none, thanks to his excellent work for the BIS label. It would be hard to imagine the impact and grandeur of the music being better reproduced on disc... This most welcome addition to the SACD catalogue is definitely one of my discs of the year and is enthusiastically recommended." -SA-CD.net

BBC Music Magazine
Tortelier is...supple and caressing, emphasising the score's Gallic progeniture. Going from the lurid sex and violence of Salome to Schmitt's setting of Psalm 47 should be a major wrench stylistically, but isn't: Tortelier again excels in the untrammelled sensuality of the middle section, where solo violin and soprano exchange indecently lavish rhapsodies...This is a superb CD, and an ideal introduction to the perilously seductive sound-world of this composer.

Classic FM Magazine
under Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Brazilian orchestra is first rate: the strings are rich, the brass cobweb-blastingly astringent, the percussion galloping. Susan Bullock and the SPSO choir make a fine contribution to the psalm.

Gramophone Magazine
Tortelier relishes the rich Wagnerian colours and the fluidity of harmony and directs a radiant account of Psalm 47, with the chorus's singing fully matching the music's jubilation.

International Record Review
this new SACD reminds us that La Tragédie de Salomé and Psalm 47 are surely masterpieces of their type...Tortelier has an exceptionl ability to control long crescendos...He's also blessed wioth Susan Bullock, a magnificent soprano who can navigate the extremes of the part without losing her calm or her tonal luxuriousness.

london24.com
it has taken a Chandos SACD recording to render what must be nigh-definitive readings. This is not music for casual listening, but music lovers prepared to give themselves over to an experience that will leave them somewhat drained need not hesitate. However, for the full experience, you will need five speakers and a sub-woofer.

Sunday Times
Bullock has plenty of steel to penetrate the thrilling choral sound captured by Chandos's superb recording - warn the neighbours before you put it on - and Tortelier plays this rarely heard music for all it is worth...A sumptuous exploration of the essence of Schmitt.

The Guardian
It's fluently done, and a perfect piece for a musical quiz - the composer would be hard to identify other than as French.

The Telegraph
The music inhabits the same sound world as Schmitt's contemporaries Debussy and Ravel, though without their harmonic adventurousness, and the São Paulo forces bring out all its lushness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paul (07/05/2010-07/09/2010).



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Works Details

>Schmitt, Florent : Le Tragédie de Salomé, ballet, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: San Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brasil (07/05/2010-07/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Schmitt, Florent : Le Palais Hanté, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: San Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brasil (07/05/2010-07/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1904

>Schmitt, Florent : Psaume 47, Op. 38
  • Performer: Susan Bullock (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: San Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Júlio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brasil (07/05/2010-07/09/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904