Schmidt - Symphony no.2; R Strauss - Interlude from Intermezzo | Sony 88985355522

Schmidt - Symphony no.2; R Strauss - Interlude from Intermezzo

Label: Sony

Cat No: 88985355522

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st April 2017



Wiener Philharmoniker


Semyon Bychkov


Schmidt, Franz

Symphony no.2 in E flat major

Strauss, Richard

Intermezzo, op.72
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Wiener Philharmoniker


Semyon Bychkov


Austrian composer Franz Schmidt (1874-1939) is regarded as the last romantic composer – a Viennese master after Brahms and Bruckner. Although born in the same year as Arnold Schoenberg his composing style of the Second Symphony remained in the Viennese tradition with symphonic writing. Franz Schmidt's works and the Vienna Philharmonic serve a long tradition. Not only did the Vienna Philharmonic premiered his Second Symphony in 1913, Schmidt was also a long-time member as cellist at the orchestra himself until 1914. He has written his Symphony from the inside out – knowing exactly what every voice contributes to the orchestral textures. His works are still a regular component of the orchestra's programming.

With Semyon Bychkov, they are a proven team to champion Schmidt’s Symphony…

‘Dreaming by the Fireside’ is an interlude originated from the opera Intermezzo by Richard Strauss. After the composer wrote his opera, where he portrayed his own martial crisis into a libretto, he turned the five intermezzi into a symphonic poem for the concert hall.


... this is the golden performance to convince you that Schmidt succeeds as a symphonist on many levels. ... Horns eventually come to the fore, the Vienna Philharmonic’s prize specimens glowing in their home at the Musikverein, while strings sweep forward in far from generic melody.  ... this intrepretation [of the Strauss], favouring the lower lines, is among the best. The sound team makes it all sound so naturally gorgeous, and Bychkov makes sure that it’s never mere gilt. This is down on my list of the best discs of 2017 already, and it will take some toppling from first place.  David Nice (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine July 2017

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