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Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, December 2018

The last disc is of Schmitt’s works for violin and piano and is played by musicians who hail from Poland and Argentina: Beata Halska and Claudio Chaiquin.

The full title of the longest piece in this collection is the Sonate libre en deux parties enchaînées (ad modum clementis aquae) Op 68 in two movements. It bears a dedication to Hélène Jourdan-Morhange (1888–1961) who was a violinist especially favoured by Ravel. Written between 1918 and 1920 at Schmitt’s holiday home at Artiguemy, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, it was premiered in 1920 by Hélène Léon and Lucien Bellanger under the auspices of the Société Musicale Indépendante. 

…Well suited to anyone wanting to explore Schmitt, the composer of chamber music. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Maxham
Fanfare, November 2015

…[Halska’s] tone’s pliability and adaptability in the middle registers…its silvery brightness in the upper registers, and its richness in the lower ones, transmitted by clear recorded sound. She makes the movement at its end sound serenely irenic.

…Halska’s and Chaiquin’s performances should be of interest, but more general collectors should find them worth hearing as well. Recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Joseph Magil
American Record Guide, November 2015

Beata Halska and Claudio Chaiquin are both…very good… Good sound. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Ralph Graves
WTJU, August 2015

Beata Halska and Claudio Chaiquin present a program of Schmitt violin and piano works that show the composer at his best.

The quality of the music and the performance is first-rate… © 2015 WTJU Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2015

Fifty years ago Florent Schmitt was represented in the disc catalogue by just one track of an LP, and today we still only have a very small fraction of his large output. That makes a new disc with four world première recordings for violin and piano all the more valuable, particularly as it introduces works from his wealth of chamber music. It presents music written over a period of fifty-two years and is largely a series of cameos, many of them linked, as in the Quatre Pieces, and mostly in a mood of relaxation, with the Chant du soir, a piece of considerable beauty. Habeyssé also exists in a version for violin and orchestra, its happy nature so readily attractive in a lightweight charm. There is just one extended work, the Sonata dating from 1919, and is his best known piece in the genre. In two highly contrasting movements that are very quirky in content and shape, the piano has the major role, with the violin largely decorating. Throughout his life his style changed little, mostly written in that sensuous mood that was prevalent in the early 20th century and which you will particularly find in the music of Szymanowksi. The violin soloist is the Polish born Beata Halska, who is now resident in France having won many international awards. She produces a warm and silky tone that is ideal for the music… She has a French-Argentinean partner, Claudio Chaiquin, who is both nimble and with an intrinsic feel for Schmitt. The sound quality is excellent, the disc making a desirable addition to the catalogue. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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