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Paul A. Snook
Fanfare, November 2014

One of Florent Schmitt’s most spectacular and yet enchanting scores, the ballet Le petit elfe fermé-oeil, together with his dramatic Introit, Récit et Congé for cello and orchestra… © 2014 Fanfare



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, October 2014

The mezzo-soprano Aline Martin offers a compelling account of Hjalmar’s nanny in ‘La Promenade à travers le tableau’. Jacques Mercier and the Orchestre National de Lorraine deliver a sterling performance of this orchestral fresco.

…the recording quality is impressive, with a natural, spacious and warm acoustic captured. The orchestral playing is sumptuous and polished, allowing all detail to be picked out. In the Introït, Récit et Congé, the cello is ideally placed and a good balance between the soloist and players has been achieved. Hats off to Timpani, they’ve done it again. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, September 2014

…this is the best-sounding disc I have heard from Timpani. Mercier and the recording engineers ensure that every colorful strand of the orchestration is clearly delineated.

Together the two works in these full-blooded performances make for a bright and brittle program that should delight anybody with an interest in this French master of the last century. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Gil French
American Record Guide, September 2014

The superb Lorraine Orchestra is in full rapture as Mercier captures the long arching form of each section, infusing them with buoyant dancing rhythms and lyricism…whether in quiet or vigorous passages, the pacing always has life. Orchestral solos are peerless, as is the engineering. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Steven Ritter
Audiophile Audition, July 2014

Two unbelievably spectacular premiere recordings that should be on everyone’s “gotta have” list.

Timpani has given these pieces astoundingly vivid and broad, almost SACD sound in a conventional setup. This is music that simply must be heard, and it’s hard to imagine a better recording coming along anytime soon. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Paul A. Snook
Fanfare, July 2014

Production and performance values measure up to the high standards established time and again in recent years by France’s now premier label, Timpani…No Schmitt groupie can survive without this disk. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, April 2014

…a real find, especially as presented here, played with plenty of color and finesse by the Lorraine National Orchestra under Jacques Mercier.

Schmitt’s music deserves more attention than it gets; perhaps his (well-earned) reputation as a Nazi sympathizer still dogs him, but I have yet to hear a disc of his music that’s not worth your time. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, April 2014

The Lorraine National Orchestra under their director Jacques Mercier made a big impression on us a few years back…and if anything they sound even more fired up on this release!

…the recordings project a vast deep soundstage in reverberant surroundings. But careful microphone placement and ideal level settings insure perfect highlighting of the many instrumental solos as well as a clearly focused overall sonic image.

The instrumental timbre is very pleasing with shimmering highs, a musical midrange and impressive bass…the disc is definitely demonstration grade. © 2014 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, March 2014

The Lorraine orchestra manages these pieces quite well. Mercier’s conducting manages to create the right ebb and flow to capture the rich orchestral color and sense of line in this music. The sound is simply superb…Martin’s voice is gorgeous…this is easily one of the better recordings of Schmitt’s music available today and one worth seeking out! © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2014

World premiere recordings give the listener the highly rewarding opportunity to discover two works by French composer Florent Schmitt: the playful children’s ballet ‘ Le petit elfe Ferme-l’œil’ and the virtuoso piece ‘Introït, Récit et Congé’ for Cello and Orchestra, both in excellent performances by the ‘Orchestre National de Lorraine’ under the expert baton of Jacques Mercier. © 2014 Pizzicato





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