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Florent Schmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre; Mirages

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  • Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lorraine
  • Conductor: Jacques Mercier
  • Composer: Florent Schmitt
  • Audio CD (May 1 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Timpani
  • ASIN: B001C58MCU
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Anthony and Cleopatra, incidental music, Op. 69: PremiÃ..r Suite. Antoine et Cléopâtre
2. Anthony and Cleopatra, incidental music, Op. 69: Premièr Suite. Le Camo de Pompée
3. Anthony and Cleopatra, incidental music, Op. 69: Premièr Suite. La Bataille d'Actium
4. Anthony and Cleopatra, incidental music, Op. 69: Deuxième Suite. Nuit au palais de la reine
5. Anthony and Cleopatra, incidental music, Op. 69: Deuxième Suite. Orgie et danses
6. Anthony and Cleopatra, incidental music, Op. 69: Deuxième Suite. Le Tombeau de Cléopâtre
7. Mirages for piano, Op. 70: Tristesse de Pan
8. Mirages for piano, Op. 70: La tragique chevauchée

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Florent Schmitt est né à Blâmont (Meurthe-et-Moselle) en 1870. Il étudia à Nancy puis au Conservatoire de Paris, où il fut élève de Jules Massenet (1842-1912) et de Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). En 1900, il reçut le Premier Grand Prix de Rome pour sa cantate « Sémiramis ». Schmitt fut cofondateur en 1909 de la Société Musicale Indépendante avec Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Émile Vuillermoz (1878-1960), Louis Aubert (1877-1968), Charles Koechlin (1867-1950), Jean Huré (1877-1930) et Gabriel Fauré. Il fut le directeur du Conservatoire de Lyon de 1921 à 1924. Sous l'Occupation, il a été le co-président d'honneur de la Section Musicale du « Groupe Collaboration » à partir de décembre 1941 et, à la Libération, des poursuites judiciaires ont été engagées contre lui pour « indignité nationale » ; cependant, après enquête, ces poursuites ont été classées sans suite et, en 1952, il a été promu Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur. Il est mort à mort à Neuilly-sur-Seine en 1958.

Parmi ses oeuvres majeures, on peut noter une Sonate libre en deux parties enchaînées pour violon et piano, un Trio à cordes, un Quatuor à cordes, un Quatuor pour flûtes, un Quatuor pour saxophones, un Quintette avec piano, une Symphonie concertante pour orchestre et piano, une seconde Symphonie, une symphonie « Janiana » pour cordes, deux musiques de ballets, « La Tragédie de Salomé » et « Oriane et le prince d'amour », le Psaume XLVII, pour soprano, choeur, orgue et orchestre, une Messe pour quatre voix et orgue, ainsi que de nombreuses Mélodies et Choeurs.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e7bbc78) out of 5 stars 1 review
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HASH(0x9e7facf0) out of 5 stars Monumental music ... yet lushly atmospheric Sept. 9 2008
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Those who know the "orientalist" compositions of Florent Schmitt will need no prodding to purchase this CD. The "Antoine et Cleopatre" suites are in the same mould as "Salome" and "Salammbo" -- but with even more vivid orchestral colors and drama (if that seems possible). What's more, this new recording by Jacques Mercier and the Lorraine forces leaves the older Segerstam/Rhineland Orchestra recording on Cybelia totally in the dust. Musical moods range from dramatic to contemplative to stormy, with a particularly exciting Bacchanale movement. The sheer wash of orchestral sound reminds us again of just how effective an orchestrator Schmitt was -- certainly one of the absolutely best practitioners in the first half of the 20th century.

The filler item "Mirages" -- also written in the early 1920s -- is interesting in that it is an orchestral version Schmitt made of two piano pieces he had composed a couple years before. The "Pan" movement is particularly effective.

If you like impressionistic/late romantic French music with a splash of Russo/Germanic flavor, you'll absolutely love this disk. As this is an imported item, I recommend you get it now, before it goes out of circulation.


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