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SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 1 / Notre Dame, Act I: Introduction, Interlude and Carnival Music (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky)

Composer(s):Schmidt, Franz
Artist(s) Sinaisky, Vassily, Conductor • Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570828
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Franz Schmidt’s finely crafted Symphony No. 1, grandiose in scale and optimistic in mood, recalls the masterpieces of other great Romantic composers, Brahms, Bruckner and Reger, and won the Beethoven Prize in 1900. His opera Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo’s novel, was first staged in Vienna in 1914, and won him an international reputation. Under Vassily Sinaisky the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, whose other Naxos recordings have been highly praised, makes a strong case for the revival of Schmidt’s strangely neglected, yet sumptuous and deeply satisfying music.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

Franz Schmidt’s symphonic scores suffered the misfortune of arriving at the turn of the century when music was in a state of turmoil. Of Hungarian/German descent, he studied both cello and composition at the Vienna Conservatoire, and as an orchestral musician earned his living for many years. It was the First Symphony that brought him to Viennese attention as a composer at the age of twenty-eight. It was well received by the critics, though he was working in a style handed down from Brahms and Reger, and was soon looked upon as a person from yesteryear. The symphony, like much of his output, vanished from sight in the aftermath of upheaval caused by the Second Viennese School. Heard today we must regret that fact, the score’s first three movements being



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