F Schmidt - Complete Symphonies | Deutsche Grammophon 4838336

F Schmidt - Complete Symphonies

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4838336

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th September 2020

Contents

Artists

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Paavo Jarvi

Works

Schmidt, Franz

Notre Dame
» Intermezzo
Symphony no.1 in E major
Symphony no.2 in E flat major
Symphony no.3 in A major
Symphony no.4 in C major

Artists

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Paavo Jarvi

About

At a time when many of his contemporaries were exploring more fluid structures, Franz Schmidt, while perhaps stretching tonal harmony to its limits, continued to embrace 19th-century form and achieved a highly personal synthesis of the diverse traditions of the Austro-German symphony. His language, rather than being wedded to a narrative of dissolution and tragedy, is radiant and belligerently optimistic, and reveals this scion of largely Hungarian forebears as the last great exponent of the style hongrois after Schubert, Liszt and Brahms.

His work having fallen from prominence, Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony’s dazzling live performances of all four of his symphonies, and the famous Notre Dame Intermezzo, shine a new light on this fascinating oeuvre and also on an affable and genial soul, and reminds us of the constant need to reappraise and enrich our account of music during the first half of the 20th century.

Reviews

Paavo shares plenty of his father’s virtues in the works, not least an apparently instinctive ability to draw Schmidt’s symphonic threads together into performances that are persuasive, powerful and, thanks here to the rich-sounding Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, very well played to boot. But the new set boasts its own qualities: an unfailing musicality, an extra sense of refinement, a seriousness that never spills over into portentousness, an ability to let Schmidt’s ideas unfurl naturally.  Hugo Shirley (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone Awards 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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