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Byzantion
MusicWeb International, June 2013

SCHMITT, F.: Piano Duet and Duo Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Invencia Piano Duo) GP622
SCHMITT, F.: Piano Duet and Duo Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Invencia Piano Duo) GP623

…when it comes to expressiveness and communication, Invencia’s elegance and telepathic sense of timing make for a highly satisfying brace of recitals. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



William Kreindler
MusicWeb International, May 2013

Kasparov and Lutsyshyn play with great clarity and precision, carefully bringing out the intrinsic two-piano nature of the music’s construction. They benefit from bright, sharp recording at Old Dominion University’s recital hall. The entire set will greatly expand our knowledge of this distinctive composer. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2013

Florent Schmitt is among my favourite composers, but as it remains a rarity in the concert hall, I have been unaware of the extent of his piano music for four hands. Born and educated in France, he was far more cosmopolitan in his outlook than his compatriots - Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. He travelled extensively and along the way collected many and varied external influences, to an extent that you can never be certain which Schmitt you will find as you move around his works. The method of composing Sur cinq notes might be of interest to other musicians, but to the listener it is the result that matters, and here we have a score naked in its simplicity and content, with little to test even an amateur pianist. It is thankfully followed by the more substantial score, Reflets D’Allemagne, a work containing eight pictures of important places in the old Austro-Prussian empire, all expressed in waltz time. Later made into a ballet score, it is redolent with those beguiling melodies I associate with the composer. The writing is quite complex as the musical strands intertwine, reaching its zenith in the picture of Vienna. Often technically challenging, the pieces require both subtle and primary colours within a wide range of dynamics. This work I strongly commend to you. Huit courtes pieces pour preparer l’eleve a la musique moderne, was intended as a score to introduce students to composition techniques at the beginning of the 20th century. Unlike Sur cinq notes, these eight pieces have thematic material of immediate likability, even if profundity is in short supply. This is the second volume in this Schmitt series, the playing of the American-based Invencia Piano Duo always well delineated and attuned to a French idiom. An ‘in house’ project - the duo also acting as record producers, editors and booklet note writers - with a realistic sound quality as the result. © 2013 David’s Review Corner






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