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Cat. No. CHSA 5090 Price: £11.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHSA 5090 - Schmitt: La Tragedie de Salome/ Le Palais Hante/Psaume 47
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Available From: 15 May 2011

Schmitt: Psalm 47; Le Palais hanté; La Tragédie de Salomé – São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Yan Pascal Tortelier

Florent Schmitt was well known as a critic and composer during his lifetime, but his compositions fell into neglect after his death. Difficult to pigeonhole, he has been called everything from conservative to neo-romantic to revolutionary, and Henri Dutilleux wrote of him that he ‘gave back to the French school certain notions of grandeur’.

The three works on this CD are all remarkable in their own ways – for their rhythmic exuberance, their rich and varied orchestration, their imaginative use of traditional harmonies, and, in the case of Le Palais hanté and La Tragédie de Salomé, for their exploration of the dark side of humanity. One of the most thrillingly exciting choral works of the twentieth century, rich in energy and colourful sonorities, Psalm 47 is overwhelming in its impact.

On this recording, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir are conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, an exclusive Chandos artist who over the years has built up an impressive and highly regarded discography with the label.

Reviews

                       ****
Guy Engels – Pizzicato magazine – October 2011

         ’Choc Classica’
Michael Fleury - Classica – September 2011

“...Yan Pascal Tortellier is now Chief conductor of the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra and he makes an auspicious debut with the music of Florent Schmitt ... Chandos achieves spectacular sound in its new concert hall, and Pascal is right under the skin of this composer.”
Peter Spaull – Liverpool Daily Post – 22 July 2011

                  ‘CD of the Week
“A sumptuous exploration of the essence of Schmitt.”     ****
Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times – 10 July 2011
 

Performance *****    Recording *****
“...This is a superb CD, an ideal introduction to the perilously seductive sound-words of this composer.”
Terry Blain – BBC Music Magazine – August 2011
 

“...under Yan Pascal Tortellier, the Brazillian orchestra is first rate: the strings are rich, the brass cobweb-blastingly astringent, the percussion galloping. Susan Bullock and the SPSO choir make a fine contribution to the psalm...”
Anna Britten – Classic FM Magazine – August 2011

 

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