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F. Schmitt: Music For Two Pianos / De'ath, Alexeyev

Schmitt / De'ath / Alexeyev
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 7273   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Leslie De'AthAnya AlexeyevJames MasonKimberly Barber
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded at Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 17 December 2010, 22 February 2011 & 9 May 2011

The long-lived French composer Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) created many of his most impressive and influential works in the first two decades of the twentieth century, equally gorgeous in their piano versions (four hands or two pianos) as for the orchestra. Pianists Leslie De’Ath and Anya Alexeyev have recorded a ripe selection for this 2-CD set, all but two of which are world premiere recordings in these versions. Here the decadent sound world of La tragédie de Salomé, influential on Stravinsky and Diaghilev, is the most familiar but the charm
Read more and colour of the ballet music Le petit elfe ‘Ferme-l’oeil’ (The Little Fairy ‘Sleepy-eyes’), a touching evocation of childhood, has a charm all its own. These and various other pieces complete a most enjoyable traversal of Schmitt’s piano music, presented here in immaculate, heartfelt performances.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsodies (3) for 2 pianos, Op. 53 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano), Anya Alexeyev (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; France 
2.
Reflets d'Allemagne, Op. 28 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano), Anya Alexeyev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Ombres, Op. 64 no 1: J'entends dans la lointain by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano), Anya Alexeyev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; France 
4.
Le palais hanté, Op. 49 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano), Anya Alexeyev (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1904; France 
5.
La tragédie de Salomé, Op. 50 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Anya Alexeyev (Piano), Leslie De'Ath (Piano), James Mason (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907/1910; France 
6.
Le petit elfe ferme-l'oeil, Op. 73 by Florent Schmitt
Performer:  Anya Alexeyev (Piano), Leslie De'Ath (Piano), Kimberly Barber (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912–1923 
Notes: Arranger: De'Ath. 

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