Le petit elfe Ferme-l’oeil: Florent Schmitt’s Children’s Ballet (1923)

The popularity of large-scale works like Psalm XLVII, La Tragédie de Salomé and Dionysiaques would make one think that Florent Schmitt cared little for intimate subject matters as inspiration for his compositions. But the reality is different.  While it’s true that the more grandiose and dramatic scores of the composer tend to be the ones […]

The intimate Florent Schmitt: Suite en rocaille (1934) and Sonatine en trio (1935).

For music-lovers who know Florent Schmitt’s big orchestral works, it might be surprising to learn that the composer also wrote many pieces for solo instruments and chamber ensembles. There is a vast trove of music for solo and duo-piano, and some of these are the beneficiary of fine recordings made recently by pianists like Vincent Larderet, […]

Get ready for Florent Schmitt’s piano duet and duo repertoire … all four CDs’ worth!

Florent Schmitt’s duo-piano music represents a trove of highly interesting material. And up to now, who could have known how much of it there is? Quite a lot, it turns out. In fact, the NAXOS organization plans to release four CDs traversing the entire two-piano output of the composer on its Grand Piano label, beginning […]