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James Harrington
American Record Guide, September 2013

Invencia is my first choice, both for their total grasp of Schmitt’s style and for their programming. Since they are doing all of Schmitt’s duo music, they have the ability to group works together to make each disc a satisfying and varied program.

Feuillets de Voyage each contain five pieces and were well played…Invencia plays them with charm and panache. The final group of six pieces is Carnival Music, both loads of fun…This set of pieces was the real “find” here for me—a brand new work with loads of humor and brilliance.

Grand Piano continues to impress me with the quality of their recordings. Schmitt’s extensive oeuvre for two pianists at both one and two pianos could have no better a duo, and I eagerly await the final volume in this series. © American Record Guide



Dan Morgan
MusicWeb International, August 2013

The Marche du 163e R.I., originally written for military band, is a bright, crystalline creation crisply played and well recorded. From the outset this duo [Invencia] impress with their lucidity, fine rhythmic sense and subtle control of dynamics.

Mazurka is despatched with supreme elegance and a wonderful control of touch. Even the Marche burlesque is a model of good taste—it’s a music-hall-meets-salon piece that never strays too far in either direction—as is the giddy little Valse.

Indeed there’s a balance, an equanimity, in this music that I find very attractive, and the deliciously refined playing and sonics add immensely to that sense of well-being.

Such is the unfailing engagement and artistry of this music and these musicians that I can’t wait to hear the other discs in the series.

Enchanting repertoire, sensitively played and recorded; a must for all pianophiles. © MusicWeb International Read complete review




Michel Fleury
Classica, July 2013

Technical perfection, synchronicity, collaboration as well as a warm and sonorous timbre constitute an interpretation which is as perfect as the music itself. © 2013 Classica




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, June 2013

More piano-duo music by Florent Schmitt (1870–1958) via The Invencia Duo (rec. January-May 2012) that demonstrates his rich keyboard palette and often poly-metric syntax allied to a richly “vertical” style, what Schmitt termed his “seductive harmony.”

A lovely syncopated tune arises from the off-beat convergence of harmonies from the two keyboards, an enchanting synchronicity of musical energies and fleet invention…lovingly rendered by Invencia and captured by engineer L Steven Latham at the Wilson G Chandler Recital Hall, Old Dominion University, Norfolk Virginia. © 2013 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



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



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2013

Regular readers will know that I am addicted to the music Florent Schmitt, this third volume of his works for piano duet and duo only adding to my admiration. Born and educated in France, he was far more cosmopolitan in his outlook than his compatriots - Debussy and Ravel - this broader attitude coming from his musical friendship with such composers as Delius. He travelled extensively and collected many influences and exotic styles. This you will hear in the Feuillets de voyage (Travel pages), an extended score in two books, with each containing five descriptive pieces, including a superb Marche burlesque. Almost as extended is the Musiques foraines (Carnival Music) a score often cast in the form used by other French composers of his era, and with such humorous titles as Les elephants savants (The Learned Elephants). Above all he stands very much in a league of his own in the use of four hands at one or two pianos. It would be too simplistic to say he thinks in a symphonic style, for it is written purely in pianistic terms, yet that description will give the uninitiated the general feel of the music. The disc opens with a work intended for military band - the March of the 163rd Infantry Regiment. Composed while serving on the front line in the First World War, it is redolent with the harmonies we hear in his orchestral works. I, for one, am deeply grateful to the American-based Invencia Piano Duo (Andrey Kasparov, Oksana Lutsyshyn), their playing always ideally delineated and attuned to a French idiom, with the technically demanding passages - and there are plenty of them - stunningly played. An ‘in house’ project - the duo also acting as record producers, editors and booklet note writers - with a realistic sound quality being the result. Very strongly recommended. © David’s Review Corner






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