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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Dutton Epoch
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • ASIN: B0055N50MU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Classic Music Lover on July 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This new CD set of two-piano works by the French composer Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) gives us a bumper crop of music at a real bargain: two CDs for the price of one. The featured artists are the Canadian pianists Leslie de'Ath (famous for his recordings of Cyril Scott's piano music) and Anya Alexeyev. They are a good team -- certainly as good as several other duo-pianists that have recorded Schmitt's two-piano scores -- Ivaldi/Pennetier and Robert/Gaby Casadesus in particular.

Interestingly, this release comes hard on the heals of a Naxos CD of solo piano music that "duplicates" some of the program. In "La Tragédie de Salomé," we get to hear the composer's own two-piano reduction of his 1907 ballet score ... and it is much more effective than Vincent Larderet's solo version (a reduction also prepared by Schmitt). Just as in Ravel's two-piano version of "La Valse" which is far superior to the solo piano version, here we get more of the inner voices, and the music flows better. Nothing will replace the shimmering, colorful orchestration of the ballet, but this two-piano version does come close. (An oboe even makes its appearance midway through; I'm pretty sure that was a deviation from the printed score, but it's effective in that it duplicates the solo oboe in that small but important part of the ballet.)

Another item on the CD is the same as on the Naxos release: the first of the three "Ombres" movements (1917). This is an interesting case of Schmitt creating a two-piano version of an original solo piano score. In this case, the difference between them sounds less noticeable. (BTW, for anyone who thinks Schmitt's compositional talents weren't cutting-edge, give this piece a listen and you'll quickly come to a different conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bop on May 20, 2013
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This is very French music by a composer who is French, even if his name doesn't sound it. Florent Schmitt's music
was well known and well regarded in the early years of the 20th century. He was a friend of Stravinsky and Ravel and
influenced both of them. Schmitt believed in the movement of the Avant Garde (when that term actually meant
something) and yet his piano music retains a wistful lilt from the Romantic style. Schmitt was mostly forgotten during
the rest of the 20th century but now there are several recordings of his music. This is an exceptional performance by
the Canadian-based pianists Leslie De'Ath and Anya Alexeyev, playing 9-foot Steinway D. pianos. Dutton CDs are
a bit higher priced but every so often the label offers 2 CDs for the price of one, and that's the case here - a bargain.
I recommend this most highly.

Peter Barlow
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