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Schmitt: Psaume XLVII, etc / Fischer, Buffle, et al

Album Summary

>Schmitt, Florent : Psaume 47, Op. 38
>Schmitt, Florent : Suite sans espirit de suite, for piano, Op. 89
>Schmitt, Florent : Le Tragedie de Salome, ballet, Op. 50
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"the magnificent engineering really counts in this brilliant but also very heavily scored music. The BBC National Orchestra plays with plenty of power; the strings really dig into Salome's concluding "Dance of Terror", and the bass frequencies will rattle your foundations. I'm not giving up Martinon, to be sure, but finding it can be a problem (EMI Japan had it most recently), and to hear this music in all of its glittering, opulent splendor, this is the disc that I will turn to at least as frequently. And if you don't know this music, here's your chance to get acquainted with two very grand 20th century masterpieces." -Classics Today (10/10)

'The three thrilling and beautiful works recorded here make a strong case for his music ... Psalm 47 ... is a work extravagant enough for Schmitt to have been termed 'the new Berlioz' ... Music that swaggers with barbaric splendour and radiates luxuriant ecstasy ... This is a fantastically uplifting musical spectacular! [Suite sans esprit de suite] The work as a whole exudes brilliance and tenderness, wit and charm, and is orchestrated both skilfully and imaginatively ... {La tragédie de Salomé] Whether mysterious or furious, Schmitt's command of orchestral magnificence and colour is masterly, as is his ability to characterise through melody and sound. These three works enjoy a resounding and sensitive response from Thierry Fischer and his BBC Welsh forces in music that will surely find popularity through this release ... Resplendent in performance and recording quality' (International Record Review)

'Hyperion's panoramic aural perspective, warmly detailed in quieter moments and tumultuously filled at the frequently frenzied, makes a best sonic case for these overloaded blockbusters, the glistening, profound orchestral capture rendering Florent Schmitt's fin de siecle contrivance of luridly empurpled passages with varieties of violet and mauve, so to speak, as seen through smog in a Los Angeles sunset... enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Thierry Fischer's no-holds-barred approach brings Schmitt's Psalm and Salomé to vivid life ... Terrific stuff' (Classic FM Magazine)

'[Psalm 47] One of his most stirring pieces. However, his exotic ballet on the Salome story is his masterpiece, and it is scored with great ingenuity; the lesser known Suite, finally, strings together five varied dances ... The performances are excellent and full of telling detail' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Thierry Fischer is a committed advocate of this often mesmerising score, and the BBC NOW rises enthusiastically to its challenges, sinister at first, glitzy in the Dance of Pearls, and packing a punch at the end ... Christine Buffle is a commanding soloist ... The orchestra and chorus clearly have a tremendous time ... The rarely heard Suite sans esprit de suite is an engaging bonus in a packed and enticing disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Psalm 47 is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It begins and ends in a huge welter of sound, with vigorous dance rhythms and brilliantly coloured orchestration. The BBC Chorus of Wales gives a confident account of music its members can't have sung very often, if at all. Anglo-Swiss soprano Christine Buffle sings the seductively tender central solo with great tonal warmth, matched by orchestra leader Lesley Hatfield's supple playing in the accompanying violin obbligato ... The orchestral sound in this performance [La tragédie de Salomé' has a seductive tonal allure, and some beautifully phrased woodwind playing, the dance rhythms have a real spring in their heels, and the wordless women's voices of the chorus and solo soprano Jennifer Walker take their place as an additional tone-colour very effectively. The whole thing is shaped with a keen sense of drama ... Hyperion's recording has depth and presence, and handles the massive wall of sound in Psalm 47 comfortably. This is Thierry Fischer's first recording as Principal Conductor of BBCNOW; it looks set to be an exciting partnership' (Classicalsource.com)

'Fischer's slightly slower tempos and stunning sonics capture the crushing power of both pieces so well that there's no question of any lack of excitement. The magnificent engineering really counts in this brilliant but also very heavily scored music. The BBC National Orchestra plays with plenty of power... if you don't know this music, here's your chance to get acquainted with two very grand 20th century masterpieces' (ClassicsToday.com)

'L'enthousiasme du chef, l'assurance de ses musiciens et la discipline des choeurs (parfaitement intelligibles): Il y avait de quoi nous offrir un Psaume XL VII titanesque et extatique à souhait' (Diapason)

'This is exhilarating stuff on a big - make that B-I-G - scale... and Hyperion delivers cold, colorful sonics- almost SACD quality - to match ... ' (American Record Guide)



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Works Details

>Schmitt, Florent : Psaume 47, Op. 38
  • Performers: Charles Humphries (Organ); Christine Buffle (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Chorus of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (10/24/2006-10/25/2006)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Schmitt, Florent : Suite sans espirit de suite, for piano, Op. 89
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Chorus of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (10/24/2006-10/25/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schmitt, Florent : Le Tragédie de Salomé, ballet, Op. 50
  • Performer: Jennifer Walker
  • Conductor: Thierry Fischer
  • Ensemble: BBC National Chorus of Wales
  • Notes: Brangwyn Hall, Guildhall, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (10/24/2006-10/25/2006)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet