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SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 2 / Fuga Solemnis (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky)

Composer(s):Schmidt, Franz
Artist(s) Sinaisky, Vassily, Conductor • Malmo Symphony OrchestraJohnsson, Anders, organ
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570589
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Following their recording of Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 1 and excerpts from his opera Notre Dame (8.570828), the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Vassily Sinaisky here present Schmidt’s astonishing Second Symphony. The composer transformed his original conception of the work as a piano sonata based on a single theme into a kaleidoscopic essay for a large orchestra, rich with wind, brass and percussion instruments. The Fuga Solemnis for organ, brass and percussion is an enduring testament to Schmidt’s originality, inventiveness and mastery of counterpoint.


Review By Don O’Connor,American Record Guide,March 2010

The recording is full-bodied, with plenty of detail. In fact, just for kicks, I gave it a spin on a boom-box; and even there it sounded terrific. Add the meaty coupler, and at full price this release would be a contender. At a budget price, the decision makes itself.

To read the complete review, please visit American Record Guide online.

Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,November 2009

Austrian composer Franz Schmidt’s music might remind you a little of his elders, Gustav Mahler or Richard Strauss—but it’s less neurotically charged than the former, less chromatic and slithery than the latter. This massive Symphony No. 2 begins in a pastoral vein, though the long first movement eventually turns dramatic. A complex, often jaunty set of variations follows, then a finale built on a majestic chorale tune.

Vladimir Sinaisky’s Malmö Symphony Orchestra may not have a big reputation, but it plays superbly, and the forceful sound is a plus.

Review By Robert R. Reilly,,October 2009

I had high praise for the opening salvo, a recording of Symphony No. 1 [8.570828], in Naxos’s new traversal of Franz Schmidt’s four symphonies. If anything, the new release of Symphony No. 2 is even better. The Malmo Symphony Orchestra, under Vassily Sinaisky, gets inside this sumptuous music and reveals its late harvest ripeness in all its glory. I love Schmidt because his expression of the overripeness of Viennese culture in the early 20th century is rich but not decadent. He really is the last efflorescence of that extraordinary time before its (audible) decay. Sinaisky and the Malmo forces really know what they are about in this music. If you have never heard Schmidt before, start here.


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