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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, November 2009

Florent Schmitt’s voluptuous incidental music for a French revival of Shakespeare’s play is just what you would expect from the composer of the delicious La tragédie de Salomé; and Mirages, originally a piano work, is a second helping of sinfully rich French pastry. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review

Adrian Corleonis
Fanfare, May 2009

Florent Schmitt is a master of the lurid, the gaudily empurpled, the unnatural hectic, febrile frenzies, of grandly contrived blockbusters, continuing in music the salacious vein indefatigably spearheaded in verse and prose by that fascinating Wagner-booster, librettist, and pornographer, Catulle Mendès. As with La tragédie de Salomé, Antoine et Cléopâtre began as incidental music—to Gide’s translation of Shakespeare—before being worked into an ambitious suite of six episodes loosely referent to the play. A superb manipulator of orchestral effects, these frescoes are heavy on atmosphere, rippled by shimmer and dusted with glitter—most of it tinsel and generic orientalizing but mixed indiscriminately with occasional shards of true metal—to make a gorgeous heaving and swelling in search of the Big Tune… © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review

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