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Schmitt:La Tragedie De Salome (Psaume 47/ Tragedie De Salome/ Palais Hante)


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  • Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
  • Composer: Florent Schmitt
  • Audio CD (31 May 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B004YHBA90
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Psaume 47, Op. 38 - Various Performers
  2. La Tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 - Various Performers
  3. Le Palais hanté, Op. 49 - Various Performers

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Florent Schmitt was well known as a critic and composer during his lifetime, but his compositions fell into neglect after his death. Difficult to pigeonhole, he has been called everything from conservative to neo-romantic to revolutionary, and Dutilleux wrote of him that he gave back to the French school certain notions of grandeur . The three works on this CD are all remarkable in their own ways for their rhythmic exuberance, their rich and varied orchestration, their imaginative use of traditional harmonies, and in the case of Le Palais hanté and La Tragédie de Salomé for their exploration of the dark side of humanity. Schmitt's setting of Psaume 47 for soprano, chorus, organ, and orchestra was premiered in 1906. This was to be the only choral score on an epic scale by a French composer until Honegger wrote Le Roi David twenty years later. Several other important compositions followed, the symphonic poem La Tragédie de Salomé being perhaps Schmitt s best-known work today. The original ballet, scored for a modest-sized orchestra, was performed at the Théâtre des Arts in Paris, but Schmitt later shortened the work while substantially expanding the orchestration. Le Palais hanté is based on a poem from The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe. A recurring message in the writings by Poe is that all good things in life are transitory and however good and stable things may seem evil lurks just around the corner. In this work, Schmitt marries the sense of doom inherent in the poem evident from the very first phrase with a style that is reminiscent of Liszt. On this SACD, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir are conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, an exclusive Chandos artist who over the years has built up an impressive and highly regarded discography with the label.


Admired by Stravinksy and a close friend of Ravel, the French composer Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) wrote prodigiously until well into old age, by which time his lush, sensuous compositions had fallen out of fashion. His La tragédie de Salomé (1907), created for the American dancer Loie Fuller, remains one of his best-known works in part because its subject matter attracted a whiff of scandal early in its history. It was adapted for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and danced, reportedly naked, by Ida Rubinstein. Psaume 47, with Susan Bullock as a fine soloist, is luxuriousy delivered by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and chorus, with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier ensuring an authentically Gallic musical accent. --The Observer,03/07/11

Florent Schmitt was once a big thing in French music, and this disc brings together three pieces he composed between 1900 and 1910. 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. **** --The Guardian,30/06/11

Tortelier excels in untrammelled sensuality.This is a superb CD,and an ideal introduction to the perilously seductive sound world of this composer. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC CHORAL & SONG CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'11

Were he alive today,Schmitt would be writing for Hollywood disaster movies.If you want aural proof there is more to early 20th century French Music than debussy et al,investigate him and be pleasantly surprised. *** --Classic fm Magazine,Aug'11

Yan Pascal Tortelier and his Brazilian orchestra go all out for Schmitt --Gramophone,Sept'11

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