The Complete Works of Leo Smit

KTC 1516 . 4CD . 8711801015163 . 17/11/2014 . Etcetera Records

The Complete Works of Leo Smit

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The Dutch composer Leo Smit (1900-1943) was a Holocaust victim, not to be confused with the fine American composer-pianist Leo Smit. This set collects all the surviving music by the Dutch composer, most of which he hid away safely before being shipped with his harpist wife to an extermination camp. Smit’s composing personality has a wide range, but his most characteristic style owes much to Ravel (to whom he wrote an homage) and, often, to American jazz. Smit’s chamber music has clear textures, firm rhythms, and a great deal of melodic and harmonic interest; his orchestral works are brilliantly scored, usually quite concise and effective. This booklet, in Dutch and English, is extremely useful. Leslie Gerber

Musicians: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Philippe Entremont conductor | Ed Spanjaard conductor | Lucas Vis conductor | René Nieuwint conductor | Bart van de Roer piano | Quirine Viersen violoncello | Daniel Raiskin viola Eleonore Pameijer flute | Esther Probst oboe | Ivar Berix clarinet Noëlle Probst bassoon | Jan Harshagen horn | Frans van Ruth piano | Marjès Benoist piano | Edith van Moergastel viola | Erika Waardenburg harp | Ernest Rombout oboe | Doris Hochscheid violoncello | Edith van Moergastel viola | Jacobien Rozemond violin | Doris Hochscheid violoncello | Valérie Guillorit soprano | Helena Rasker mezzo-soprano | Marijke van Kooten violin | Wilke te Brummelstroete mezzo-soprano | Kamerkoor Nieuwe Muziek female chorus

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CD 1 • CHAMBER MUSIC I
TRIO 1938 for clarinet, viola and piano
1 Allegretto 04:29
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2 Lento 04:12
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3 Allegro vivace 03:55
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SUITE 1926 for piano solo
4 Prélude 02:58
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5 Forlane 02:58
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6 Rondeau 02:58
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SONATE 1939-1943 for flute and piano
7 Allegro 03:02
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8 Lento 04:26
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9 Allegro moderato 04:44
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KWINTET 1928 for flute, string trio and harp
10 Allegro 06:28
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11 Lento 07:40
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12 Allegro vivace 07:18
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DEUX HOMMAGES 1928-1930 for piano solo
13 Hommage à Sherlock Holmes 03:46
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14 Hommage à Remington 03:26
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LA MORT - Charles Baudelaire 1938 for soprano, alto and piano
15 La mort des artistes 02:08
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16 La mort des amants 02:12
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17 La mort des pauvres 02:16
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Strijkkwartet - unfinished
18 I
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19 II Scherzo
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CD 2 • CHAMBER MUSIC II
SEXTUOR 1929-1932 for wind quintet and piano
1 Allegro 04:36
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2 Lento 05:21
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3 Vivace 04:02
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DIVERTIMENTO 1942 for piano four hands
4 Allegro ma non troppo 03:48
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5 Lento 05:08
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6 Allegro con fuoco 05:02
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TRIO 1926 for flute, viola and harp
7 Allegro ma non troppo 01:30
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8 Scherzando 05:38
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9 Molto lento 04:23
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SUITE 1938 for oboe and violoncello
10 Allemande 03:07
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11 Courante 02:22
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12 Sarabande 02:19
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13 Menuetto I - Mernuetto II 02:39
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14 Gavotte - Musette 03:00
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15 Gigue 03:24
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KLEINE PRÉLUDE VAN RAVEL - Martinus Nijhoff 1938 for alto and piano
16 Kleine prélude van Ravel 07:06
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DE BRUID - Jan Prins 1939 for female chorus
17 De bruid 02:40
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TWAALF STUKKEN VOOR VIER HANDEN 1941
18 Naar school 00:35
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19 Spelevaren 00:32
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20 Vroolijke dans 00:57
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21 Ieder op zijn beurt 00:17
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22 Schommelen 00:35
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23 Broertje leert lopen 01:12
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24 Regendruppels 00:30
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25 Marsch 00:30
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26 Verdriet 01:50
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27 Walsje 00:38
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28 Wiegelied 01:35
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29 Besluit 00:43
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CD 3 • ORCHESTRAL WORKS I
VOORSPEL VOOR TEIRLINCK’S ‘DE VERTRAAGDE FILM’ 1923
1 ‘De Vertraagde Film’ 07:23
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CONCERT 1940 for viola and strings
2 Allegro ma non troppo 04:18
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3 Lento 04:57
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4 Rondo 04:05
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CONCERTINO 1937 for violoncello and orchestra
5 Lento 04:33
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6 Scherzando 03:10
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7 Allegro vivace 03:16
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SONATE CONCERTANTE 1939-1943 Orchestrated in 1989 by Willem Strietman from the Sonata for flute and piano
8 Allegro 02:50
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9 Lento 04:43
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10 Allegro moderato 04:26
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SYMPHONIE IN C 1934-1936
11 Adagio - Allegro 07:11
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12 Adagio 07:36
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13 Menuetto - Trio 05:03
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14 Rondo 04:05
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CD 4 • ORCHESTRAL WORKS II
SILHOUETTEN 1922
1 Adagio 02:26
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2 Allegro 02:57
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3 Scherzo 01:19
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4 Menuetto 00:50
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5 Capriccio 01:26
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6 Forte (Foxtrott) 04:59
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CONCERTINO 1933 for harp and orchestra
7 Allegro 04:07
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8 Lento 07:50
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9 Scherzando 05:21
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FORLANE ET RONDEAU 1926 Orchestrated in 1958 by Godfried Devreese
10 Forlane 03:07
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11 Rondeau 04:07
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SCHEMSELNIHAR 1929
12 Prélude première partie, Allegro 03:57
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13 Danse, Meno allegro 03:17
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14 Cortège de Schemselnihar, Lento 05:17
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15 Scherzando, Allegro ma non troppo 06:18
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16 L’istesso tempo, Allegro ma non troppo 05:21
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17 Lento (ma non troppo) 02:42
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CONCERTO 1937 for piano and wind orchestra
18 Allegro moderato 03:52
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19 Lento (choral - koraal) 05:37
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20 Allegro vivace 03:02
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