Newstalgia Weekend Gramophone with The French National Orchestra, conducted by Jean Martinon in the music of Florent Schmitt. Recorded in 1957. Don't forget to donate what you can to keep Newstalgia alive!
April 22, 2012

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Florent Schmitt - with over 150 compositions, only a tiny fraction have ever been recorded.

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The name Florent Schmitt doesn't ring many bells these days. A prolific composer and respected critic, Schmitt composed some 150 works, ranging from instrumental and chamber pieces to Ballets and Orchestral works.

But out of that 150 compositions, only a tiny fraction have ever been recorded, let alone performed, since their premiers.

While still tackling the mountain of French Radio transcriptions from the 1940's and 1950's, I ran across Oriane et le Prince d'amour, which I don't think has ever been recorded commercially. This performance comes by way of a broadcast concert given by The French National Orchestra, conducted by the legendary Jean Martinon. Since none of these transcriptions have recording dates on them, my best guess is it comes from the 1956-1957 period.

Someone else you may not be familiar with, or someone you are, but may not be familiar with this piece.

In any case, enjoy and (cross fingers) we'll be back next week.

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