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Schmitt: Sonate Libre

Schmitt / Halska,Beata / Chaiquin,Claudio
Release Date: 05/12/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573169   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Claudio ChaiquinBeata Halska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Florent Schmitt was one of the most original French composers of his generation, and his chamber music shows him at his most personal. The Quatre Pièces, Op. 25 are evocatively lyrical while the Scherzo vif brims with intricate but fiery virtuosity. The Sonate libre, Op. 68 remains one of his most admired works, a bold diptych with lyric rhapsody at its core but one that also evokes the tragedies of the First World War. The late masterpiece Habeyssé, Op. 110 reveals the explosive power and subtle poetry of Schmitt’s imagination. Florent Schmitt was one of the most original French composers of his generation, and his chamber music shows him at his most personal. The Quatre Pièces, Op. 25 are evocatively lyrical while the Scherzo vif brims with intricate but fiery virtuosity. The Sonate libre, Op. 68 remains one of his most admired works, a bold diptych with lyric rhapsody at its core but one that also evokes the tragedies of the First World War. The late masterpiece Habeyssé, Op. 110 reveals the explosive power and subtle poetry of Schmitt’s imagination. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 25 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Claudio Chaiquin (Piano), Beata Halska (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1901 
Venue:  Studio De Meudon, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Scherzo vif, for violin & piano, Op. 59/2 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Claudio Chaiquin (Piano), Beata Halska (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1913 
Venue:  Studio De Meudon, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Chant du Soir, for violin (or english horn) & piano by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Claudio Chaiquin (Piano), Beata Halska (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Studio De Meudon, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Habeyssée, suite for violin & orchestra, Op. 110 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Claudio Chaiquin (Piano), Beata Halska (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1947 
Venue:  Studio De Meudon, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for violin & piano, Op. 68 (Sonate Libre en deux Parties Enchaînées) by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Claudio Chaiquin (Piano), Beata Halska (Violin)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Studio De Meudon, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Beyond Debussy July 10, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Florent Schmitt was a near-contemporary of Claude Debussy, though he lived much longer. Debussy died before the end of the First World War, while Schmitt lived on through the Second World War as well as the start of the Cold War (he died in 1958). . While their contemporaneous music has some similarities, Schmitt's music has (to my ears) more clarity than Debussy's soft-focus impressionism. (I'm not slighting Debussy; just trying to describe Schmitt's music for those not familiar with it.) . Beata Halska and Claudio Chaiquin present a program of Schmitt violin and piano works that show the composer at his best. . Written in 1901, Quatre Pieces fairly drips with fin de siecle romantic expression. While the melodies are wistfully sweet, the harmonies look forward, rather than back, with Debussian harmonic motion and chord structure. In some passages (particularly the second and fourth movements) the thickly stacked chords with their sevenths and ninths sounded more like a classic jazz ballad than a classical composition. (That's not a complaint) The Habeysse, Op. 110 is another major work on the album. Written in 1947, its a much more angular work. Shifting meters and some lightly atonal passages make it sound like a modern work, but one that clearly is part of the same continuum as the Quatre Pieces. The massive Sonate libre (1919) is 30 minutes of imaginative, seemingly free-flowing music. It reminded me of Messiaen's music (a composer Schmitt admired), but there's nothing derivative here. This is a work that requires fire and imagination to play, and the team of Halska and Chaiquin have it. They're perfectly in synch expressively. plus they both have the precision necessary to pull off Schmitt's cascading runs. The quality of the music and the performance is first-rate, in my opinion. My only complaint is the quality of the recording. The sound has a slightly hollow quality to it that I found a little distracting during the softer passages. It's not enough of a flaw for me to discourage anyone from getting this album -- just enough to make it a four and a half-star instead of a five-star review." Report Abuse
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