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Penguin Guide, January 2009

La Danse l’Abisag, like the much earlier Tragédie de Salomé, has a biblical theme: unlike Salome, Abisag, despite her erotic dancing, fials to arouse the ageing monarch (King David). The Symphony No. 2 was no mean achievement for a composer in his 88th year! In terms of orchestral expertise and flair, it is second to none, and the opulence of its palette and its imaginative vitality are remarkable. Rêves is an early piece, inspired by a poem by Léon-Paul Fargue and appropriately atmospheric; and Habeyssée, said to be inspired by an Islamic legend, is a three-movement suite for violin and orchestra. This is a rewarding issue which offers some good playing from the Rheinland-Pfalz Orchestra under Segerstam, who excels in this repertoire. Good recording too.


"the quality is excellent. I give this disc a cordial recommendation ..."


"These performances are well recorded...and very well performed...More releases of Schmitt's major works would be most welcome."

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