A useful exploration of Ravel’s contemporary Schmitt. The chromatic harmonies of the Trois Rhapsodies are delightful…
– Geoff Brown
© BBC Music Magazine
Schmitt’s finale [Trois Rapsodies], itself a waltz (“Viennoise”), is harmonically adventurous, and the duo bring great swing to its later stages.
…the Sept Pièces was Schmitt’s first large-scale cycle for piano duet and it exudes a mood of sweet reminiscence.
The Invencia Duo’s nonchalant delivery perfectly matches the spirit of the piece [Rhapsodie parisienne] as they track the harmony’s sweet twists and turns with exquisite precision.
– Colin Clarke
© International Piano
Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) always remained an outsider even in his native France, and therefore it is not surprising that the composer—multifaceted, active, but very difficult to classify—could not make the name for himself, the name that he duly deserved in the rest of Europe. At the same time, this remarkable CD clearly demonstrates that he may be put on the equal level with the great compatriots in his profession: Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, to mention just a few.
These compositions, extremely intricate contrapuntally but at the same time highly inspiring and unusually sensuous in their every fiber, have the great fortune to have found the congenial masters of interpretation in the Armenian-Ukrainian Invencia Piano Duo.
– Burkhard Schäfer (Translated by Frederick Lubich)
© Piano News
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