Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

Free classical music concerts by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.


Moravec - Twelfth Night Recital
15%off £17.21 (until Dec 7)

Katerina Englichová - harp
15%0ff £10.83 (until Dec 7)

  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo
  • Stellar debut<br>piano recital
  • Clarinet transcriptions Jonathan Cohler
  • Jonathan Cohler & Claremont Trio
  • French clarinet masterpieces
  • Today's leading<br>clarinet-piano duo

Sibelius Symphonies Maazel
4CDs + Blu-ray audio
Special Price £36.75

RVW A Sea Symphony - Elder

Shostakovich Symphony 10 Nelsons

Verdi Requiem

Dvorak Opera Premiere

Grieg, Mendelssohn sonatas




Would you like a hyperlinked weekly summary of the CDs we have reviewed?

Click for further details

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on

Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical


Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Cameo Classics
Prima voce
Red Priest
Toccata Classics

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
Classical Editor
Rob Barnett
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
   Stan Metzger
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


CD: AmazonUK AmazonUS

Florent SCHMITT (1870-1958)
Music for Two Pianos
Le petit elfe - Ferme-l’oeil – Une semaine dansée, Op.73 (1912/1923-24) (arr De’Ath) [40:07]
La tragédie de Salomé, Op.50 (1907/1910-11) [27:09]
Reflets d’Allemagne: Huit valses, Op.28 (1906) [13:35]
J’entends dans le lointain ... Op.64, No.1 (1917/1929) [12:10]
Étude pour le Palais hanté d’Edgar Poe, Op.49 (1900-04/1909) [13:43]
Trois rapsodies, Op.53 (1903-04) [20:01]
Leslie De’Ath (piano); Anya Alexeyev (piano); Kimberly Barber (mezzo); James Mason (oboe)
Includes World Premiere Recordings (in these versions)
rec. Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 17 December 2010, 22 February 2011, 9 May 2011

Experience Classicsonline

Schmitt is of that cursed generation of French composers whose music has been occluded by the genius of Ravel and Debussy. This happened in much the same way that Kuula and Madetoja struggled to get out from beneath the shadow cast by Sibelius long after his silence began; indeed long after he died. There is plenty more Schmitt to come and the most direly needed is his later masterpiece for cello and orchestra the Introit, Récit et Congé. How long, O Lord?

Meantime this attractive two-disc recital for two pianos emerges courtesy of long-time Schmitt champion Leslie De'ath whose Dutton series of the Scott piano music has a special niche in the catalogue. The fourteen character miniatures that make up Le petit elfe ferme l'oeil are given a spirited outing. They move with ease between skilled jaunty light salon material to pages of elusive strangeness as in the case of D'allure decidée with its awkward hiccupping dissonances reminiscent of the music of Raymond Loucheur recently encountered in the Forgotten Records catalogue (FR374). This Hopfrog oddity takes us onto the same magically and slightly Russian-nationalistic limb as Ravel's Mère l'oye and pushes the listener out towards the world of Stravinsky's Rite and Petrushka. De'ath, in his fine and full notes, refers to the linkage with Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges. Exotic nationalist dances such as Le parapluie chinois recall the oriental impressionism of James Friskin’s still unrecorded oriental piano suites and Holbrooke's second piano concerto L’Orient. In the same vein we then hear the five movements of La Tragédie de Salomé which muses gloomily and then erotically. It then makes links with Rimsky’s exultant Antar. The great melody is tellingly tolled out by these two artists. The possessed battering barbarity of Danse des Eclairs and Danse de l'effroi is suitably ruthless and spikily assaulting. James Mason's oboe makes an admirably atmospheric contribution in Les enchantements sur la mer and mezzo Kimberley Barber’s vocalise in Chanson de la Nourrice is lovely.

CD 2 opens with a German travelogue or set of postcards with eight cities portrayed in waltz form. These are lighter than the material on CD 1 but by no means inconsequential. Heidelberg is pretty determined and serious. Koblenz is closer to the Straussian waltz - more carefree. Lübeck is deliciously light on the aural palate. Werder is affectionate and even Brahmsian. Vienne is a grave waltz with flashing lightning and rumbling thunder-strikes. Dresden is urbane: quite the man about town and much the same can be said of Nuremberg where Schmitt saunters confidently along with twirling malacca cane. Munich is yet more decorative.

From another world comes the masterful J'entends dans le lointain from 1917-1929. It's one of Schmitt's most oblique and troubled pieces - with deep waters profoundly stirred. It’s effect is rather like that of the troublous realm established in Bax's Winter Waters and The Devil that tempted St Anthony - the latter also for two pianos. The Poe-inspired Etude pour Le Palais Hanté has a derivation from the Mallarmé translation of Poe’s words. There is a romantically-charged theme that strives for primacy above the stormy and struggle. After this we are returned to the lighter illustrative world of the Reflets d'Allemagne with the Godowsky-style indulgences of the Trois rapsodies.

Refreshing stuff adding with éclat to the diversely populated world of Florent Schmitt.

Rob Barnett




















































Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.