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Schmitt: La Tragedie de Salome, Musique sur l'eau, & more / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/13/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574138  
Composer:  Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Susan PlattsNikki Chooi
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic OrchestraWomen's Choir Of Buffalo
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Florent Schmitt was a student of Massenet and Fauré, and winner of the coveted Prix de Rome. His impressionistic style blends influences ranging from Debussy to Wagner, with references to Stravinsky and other contemporaries. Conceived as a ballet but revised as a symphonic poem, La Tragédie de Salomé depicts Salome’s dangerous seductiveness with subtle magnificence. Narrative symbolism also applies to the evocative word painting of the exquisite Musique sur l’eau. The perilous saga of Oriane et le Prince d’Amour contrasts with the poetic tapestry of orchestral colors in Légende, in a version that replaces the original solo saxophone with violin.

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REVIEW:

Although
Read more Florent Schmitt lived until 1958 and took an interest in musical trends of the day, his fundamental style never really changed. It tightened up a bit under the influence of Stravinsky but remained essentially late Romantic. JoAnn Falletta has been an unfailingly successful advocate of Schmitt's on disc. There are quite a few versions of La tragédie de Salomé available, but none more refined and silky than this one. The Buffalo Philharmonic is a polished orchestra and has a wonderful satin feel for French music. The smooth acoustic of Kleinhans Hall and Naxos’s customary transparency do the rest.

All told, this is a winning release. In the vanishing wake of dodecaphonic music, where process was everything, we seem to be rediscovering beauty and meaning in composers who were, so to speak, left behind. More power, then, to Florent Schmitt!

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Works on This Recording

1.
La tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Susan Platts (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Women's Choir Of Buffalo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1910; France 
2.
Musique sur l'eau, Op. 33 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Susan Platts (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Notes: version for voice and orchestra 
3.
Oriane et le Prince d'Amour Suite, Op. 83bis by Florent Schmitt
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1937; France 
4.
Légende, Op. 66 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Nikki Chooi (Violin)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; France 

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