[Rhapsodie Parisienne] alone is worth the price of the disc—an ebullient piece bursting with energy and brilliance, I’m sure it has become a staple of Invencia’s concert repertoire. Their performance here is on two pianos owing to the intricate and complex nature of the work. Given the end result, you’ll get no objection from me.
This is my second review of these marvelous musicians.
Grand Piano has impressed me with a number of releases recently. Excellent recorded sound and perceptive booklet notes have become expected. Based on this recording, the duo’s previous records, and reviews of their concert performances, GP has found an exceptional pair of musicians. Schmitt’s extensive oeuvre for two pianists could have no better musicians, and I eagerly await the remaining three volumes in this series.
– James Harrington
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The Trois Rapsodies is highly representative of the blend between blazing Romanticism and humor befitting “The Wild Boar of the Ardennes” [Schmitt’s nickname], fully employing the layering of textures and colors offered by the utilization of two pianos.
Lush comfort and elegance: these are the two qualities that are shared by the performers and the music [Sept Pièces]. Their round and mellow timbre, their total engagement and perfection of the technique have earned us an authoritative version of this rare composition.
– Michel Fleury
[Invencia] play together with impeccable timing and elegance, not to mention considerable virtuosity, as this recital demonstrates.
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