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Schmitt: La Tragedie De Salome, Etc / Sweet, Janowski, Et Al

Release Date: 08/15/2006 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 62764   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Jean-Louis GilSharon SweetJacques PratGuy Comentale
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio OrchestraFrench National Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Salomé was recorded in 1988, Psaume 47 in 1989, and issued together in 1990 as Erato 45029. For this reissue, sound has been given a discreet boost, though it can’t bridge the panoramically recessed aural perspective of the original. If we had only these performances, we might consider ourselves well served, but a turn to Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony in Salomé, from 1958—currently available on Mercury 434 336—is revelatory. In the Prélude, Janowski’s Radio France forces deliver their lines with sinuous coolness and expert aplomb where Paray phrases them with the immediate lift of melodic import while presiding over an intimate colloquy redolent of summer nights and sensual warmth. Janowski offers us a Read more documentary, Paray presents the beating heart. The distant sound of Janowski’s capture allows detail to clot—the mêlée of Psaume 47’s opening, for instance, makes a mighty but indistinct noise in which the organ’s entrance is almost wholly covered. A 1973 go at this by Jean Martinon and the ORTF—reissued on CD in 1987 as EMI 749748 (no longer available but well worth tracking down)—shines forth in closely detailed éclat, with Gaston Litaize’s entrance making a crushingly dramatic impact. And so on. And that’s to say that Schmitt’s striving for colossal, Ninevite effects is undone by a, relatively speaking, distant recording.

-- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE [1/2007]
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Works on This Recording

La tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Jean-Louis Gil (Organ), Sharon Sweet (Soprano), Jacques Prat (Violin)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  French National Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1910; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1988 
Venue:  Studio 3, Maison de Radio France, Paris 
Length: 26 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
Psaume 47, Op. 38 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Jean-Louis Gil (Organ), Guy Comentale (Violin), Sharon Sweet (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marek Janowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  French National Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1989 
Venue:  Eglise Notre-Dame du Travail, Paris 
Length: 26 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 

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