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Vincent Larderet Records Florent Schmitt’s Piano Music for Naxos

August 4, 2009

Between 8 and 10 July 2009 at Potton Hall, Vincent Larderet recorded a number of significant piano works by the French composer Florent Schmitt. Schmitt, who studied under Massenet and Fauré and won the Prix de Rome in 1900, was a fine pianist whose music for this instrument embodies many of the qualities of his better known orchestral music. A master of musical styles (his music ranges from lush Impressionism often weighted with a complexity associated with German Romantic/early Modernist music or enlivened with striking exoticism), Schmitt’s star has waned although, like Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss and other 20th-century composers who self-consciously positioned themselves outside the avant-garde, interest is being rekindled in his remarkable output. Read more


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