Florent Schmitt: Mélodies - RES10265

Florent Schmitt: Mélodies

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Sybille Diethelm (soprano)
Annina Haug (mezzo-soprano)
Nino Aurelio Gmünder (tenor)
René Perler (bass-baritone)
Fabienne Romer (piano)
Edward Rushton (piano)


Rarely heard on disc, the songs of Florent Schmitt receive fresh exposure in this significant new survey of these neglected works including a number of world premiere recordings.

The qualities that appeal in many of Schmitt's larger works are found in abundance in this selection that spans his entire creative life: his music’s gorgeous sensuality, biting wit, laconic charm, and unleashed savagery.

Pianists Fabienne Romer and Edward Rushton along with an outstanding lineup of soloists, explore this rich seam of complex compositional techniques, revealing a composer of extraordinary individuality along with a fascinating affinity with the darker side of human existence.

Album Booklet (PDF)

Tracklist

Chansons à quatre voix, Op. 39 (1905)
1. Véhémente
2. Nostalgique
3. Naïve
4. Boréale
5. Tendre
6. Martiale

Quatre Lieds, Op. 45 (1912)
7. Où vivre?
8. Evocation
9. Fleurs décloses
10. Ils ont tué trois petites filles

Kérob-Shal, Op. 67 (1924)
11. Octroi
12. Star
13. Vendredi XIII

Trois Mélodies, Op. 4 (1895)
14. Lied
15. Il pleure dans mon coeur
16. Fils de la Vierge

Deux Chansons, Op. 18 (1901)
17. Neige, coeur et lys
18. Chanson bretonne

Quatre Poèmes de Ronsard, Op. 100 (1942)
19. Si…
20. Privilèges
21. Ses deux yeux
22. Le soir qu’Amour

Trois Chants, Op. 98 (1943)
23. Elle était venue
24. La citerne des mille colonnes – Yéré Batan
25. La tortue et le lièvre – Fable

'Four young, clear voices and two excellent pianists make a fine start to this long-awaited disc – the first of Florent Schmitt’s songs for as long as I can remember.'

- BBC Music Magazine

'Four young, clear voices and two excellent pianists make a fine start to this long-awaited disc – the first of Florent Schmitt’s songs for as long as I can remember.'
BBC Music Magazine

'This disc, indispensable for all fans of the mélodie, shows Florent Schmitt as a master song composer.'
MusicWeb International

'With songs ranging from 1895 to 1943, this disc provides something of an alternative history of French song in the first half of the 20th century. Florent Schmitt is a distinct voice and this disc is a welcome addition to the catalogue.'
Planet Hugill

Credits
© 2020 Resonus Limited
Ⓟ 2020 Resonus Limited
Catalogue No. RES10265
Producer, engineer & editor: Andreas Werner
Executive producer: Adam Binks
EAN: 5060262792653
Cover: Portrait de Florent Schmitt (Le Pianiste, 1914–15) by Albert Gleizes (1881–1953)
Release date: 31 July 2020