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Under the baton of the international conductor Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitan performs the rarely recorded Symphonic Poem La tragédie de Salomé by French composer Florent Schmitt (1870-1958). Originally, the work was a one-hour ballet scored for only 20 musicians. In 1910, Schmitt reduced the length of the work and expanded the orchestration. This shorter version on this CD is the best known.
Florent Schmitt: La Tragedie de Salome, Symphonic Poem, Op. 50
II. Danse des Perles
III. Les enchantements sur la mer - IV. Danse des eclairs - V. Danse de l'effroi
Cesar Franck: Symphony in D minor, M. 48
I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
III. Allegro non troppo
“Yannick Nézet-Séguin favours more leisurely tempos in the slow introductions [of Salomé], drawing luscious playing from his Montreal orchestra, particularly in the Prelude...He has a firm grasp of the architectural structure of the Symphony's three movements so that it builds to a convincing climax. Pacing is steady but not lacking tension, reflecting this conductor's considerable success with Bruckner.”
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