Florent Schmitt: Listing of Concert Performances of Compositions Housed at the INA Archives (French National Radio/Television)

Florent Schmitt French composer

Florent Schmitt, photographed in 1937 in the gardens of his home in St-Cloud. (Photo © Lipnitzki-Roger Viollet)

It should come as little surprise that the largest repository of live concert recordings of French composer Florent Schmitt’s music is at the archives of INA, the French Broadcasting System. Dozens of performances made over the past 50+ years exist — only a relatively small portion of which have been made accessible since they first aired on radio or television.

Listed alphabetically below are concert performances of Florent Schmitt’s music known to be housed in the INA’s archives, with links to available recordings or downloads included where known.

We can only hope that many more of these important historic audio documents will see the light of day eventually.

(N.B. Corrections or additions to the listing are welcomed.)

  • 3 Duos (excerpts); Chœurs de Lyon
  • 3 Chants op 98, No. 3 (La Tortue et le lièvre) RTF Orchestra; Joseph Peyron, tenor; Pierre Dervaux, conductor
  • 5 Choeurs (excerpts); Chœurs de Lyon
  • 6 Chœurs, Op. 81 (excerpts); Chœurs de Lyon
  • 4 Lieder, Op 45
  • 3 Liturgies joyeuses, Op. 116; Maitrise de Radio-France, Jacques Jouinneau, director
  • 3 Mélodies, Op. 4
  • 4 Monocantes, Op. 115, No. 2 (La petite princesse); Irène Joachim, soprano
  • 5 Motets for Male Voices (excerpts); Chœurs de Lyon
  • 4 Poèmes de Ronsard, Op. 100; Y. Geissler, soprano
  • 3 Préludes, Op. 3, No. 3; Y. Pâris, pianist
  • 3 Trios, Op. 99 (excerpts); Chœurs de Lyon

A-B

  • A contre-voix, Op. 104, No. 3 (Trois goélettes); Chœurs de Lyon
  • Andante et Scherzo, Op. 35; Frédérique Cambreling, harp; Radio-France Chamber Ensemble
  • Antoine et Cléopâtre Suite No. 1, Opus 69a; RTF Orchestra; J. Michon, conductor
  • Antoine et Cléopâtre Suite No. 2, Opus 69a; RTF Orchestra; Jean Martinon, conductor
  • Antoine et Cléopâtre Suite No. 2, Op. 69b: Night in the Palace of the Queen + Orgies & Dances; RTF Orchestra; Manuel Rosenthal, conductor (1970)

C-D 

  • Chaîne brisée, Op. 87, No. 1 (Stèle à la mémoire de Paul Dukas); Marie-Claire Girod, pianist
  • Chansons à quatre voix, Op. 39; Ensemble X
  • Clavecin obtempérant, Op. 107; Marcelle de Lacour, harpsichord
  • Danse d’Abisag, Op. 75; Festival de Montpellier
  • Danse de Devidasis, Op. 47; Françoise Ogeas, soprano; RTF Orchestra + Chorus, Désiré Inghelbrecht (1956)
Louis Aubert Florent Schmitt

Florent Schmitt with fellow composer Louis Aubert (1877-1968), photographed at ORTF studios in the early 1950s.

E-G

H-L

  • Hymne à l’été, Op. 61; Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Erickson, director
  • In Memoriam, Op. 72, No. 1 (Cippus Feralis); RTF Orchestra; Georges Prêtre (1962)
  • In Memoriam, Op. 72, No. 1 (Cippus Feralis); RTF Orchestra; Jean Martinon (1970)
  • Introït, récit, et congé, Op. 113; André Navarra, cellist; RTF Orchestra; Paul Paray, conductor
  • Karab-Shal, Op 67, No. 1 (Octroi); Jean Nirouët, countertenor; Gérard Parmentier, pianist (1982)

M-N

O

P

R

S

  • Salammbô, Op. 76 (excerpts); RTF Orchestra; Tony Aubin, conductor
  • Salammbô, Op. 76 (excerpts); RTF Orchestra; Manuel Rosenthal, conductor
  • Sémiramis, Op. 14; RTF Orchestra + Soloists
  • Sonatine en trio, Op. 85 (version for flute, viola and piano); Radio-France Chamber Ensemble
  • Soirs, Op. 5 (excerpts); Marie Landos, pianist
  • Suite en rocaille, Op. 84; Marie-Claire Jamet, harp; Christian Lardé; Rosamonde Quartet
  • Suite for Trumpet & Piano, Op. 133; Roger Delmotte, trumpet
  • Suite sans esprit de suite, Op. 89; RTF Orchestra; Henri Tomasi, conductor
  • Symphony No. 2, Op. 137; ONF; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
  • Symphony No. 2, Op. 137; RTF Orchestra; Charles Munch, conductor (1958)
  • Symphony No. 2, Op. 137; RTF Orchestra; Jean Martinon, conductor (1960)

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Source: Wikipedia, with edits, updates and additions by Jean-charles Hoffelé and Phillip Nones.