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Schmidt : Complete Symphonies

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The music of composer Franz Schmidt fell out of the repertory after it emerged that he had been hailed by the Nazis, although he apparently never asked for the honor and was less than comfortable with it. His essentially conservative style put him out of commission for several more decades during the period of modernist repression, but there have been modest signs of a revival, including a complete cycle from conductor Neeme Järvi, leading the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras (not yet heard by this writer). Now his son Paavo weighs in with this set, leading the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. The music will be new to most listeners, and it's attractive stuff. Its most striking feature is a radiant, optimistic tone, defined right from the first movement of the Symphony No. 1 in E major. Järvi grabs the listener's attention here and doesn't release across substantial movements that are mostly between ten and 20 minutes long. A place to start sampling would be the entr'acte, an Intermezzo from the opera Notre Dame, which exemplifies the almost mystical tone Schmidt's music retained, even amid great personal tragedy. That tragedy is explicitly addressed in Schmidt's Symphony No. 4 in C major, designed "a requiem for my daughter" by the composer; the daughter died in childbirth in 1932. That work is perhaps the most Straussian of Schmidt's symphonies with its transfigured trumpet theme at the beginning and end, but Schmidt's style, although certainly conservative by the 1930s, was not derivative of anybody. It is not so much a matter of tonality, where he is, like Mahler, sometimes pushing the edges and, at other times, innocently diatonic. Instead, it is the historical scope of his music, encompassing styles as far back as Schubert (hear the echoes of the "Great" Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944) in the Symphony No. 3 in A major, while living very much in the world of Strauss and Bruckner overall. Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony catch the energy in the music and display no weaknesses over a very large orchestra in these live recordings. It seems possible that this release will expand the big symphonic repertory a bit. Try the music out and speculate on this possibility.
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Symphony No. 1 in E major (Franz Schmidt)

1
I. Sehr langsam - Sehr lebhaft
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:12:41

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Langsam
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:11:22

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
III. Schnell und leicht
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:10:46

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
IV. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu schnell
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:10:28

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major (Franz Schmidt)

5
I. Lebhaft
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:14:33

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
II. Allegretto con variazioni. Einfach und zart
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:17:40

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
III. Finale. Langsam
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:13:22

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Notre Dame (Franz Schmidt)

8
Intermezzo
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:04:40

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Leopold Wilk, Author - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lisa Harnest, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 3 in A major (Franz Schmidt)

9
I. Allegro molto moderato
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:12:53

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
II. Adagio
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:07:35

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:07:58

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
IV. Lento - Allegro vivace
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:12:01

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Knop, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christoph Claßen, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 4 in C major (Franz Schmidt)

13
I. Allegro molto moderato - Passionato
Balázs Nemes
00:14:27

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Balázs Nemes, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Harnest, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
II. Adagio - Piu lento - Adagio
Ulrich Edelmann
00:12:33

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Ulrich Edelmann, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lisa Harnest, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter-Philipp Staemmler, Cello, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
III. Molto Vivace
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
00:07:12

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Lisa Harnest, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
IV. Tempo primo un poco sostenuto - Passionato - Tempo primo. Allegro molto moderato
Balázs Nemes
00:10:20

Franz Schmidt, Composer - Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Udo Wüstendorfer, Producer, Recording Producer - Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra, MainArtist - Balázs Nemes, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Harnest, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

The music of composer Franz Schmidt fell out of the repertory after it emerged that he had been hailed by the Nazis, although he apparently never asked for the honor and was less than comfortable with it. His essentially conservative style put him out of commission for several more decades during the period of modernist repression, but there have been modest signs of a revival, including a complete cycle from conductor Neeme Järvi, leading the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras (not yet heard by this writer). Now his son Paavo weighs in with this set, leading the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. The music will be new to most listeners, and it's attractive stuff. Its most striking feature is a radiant, optimistic tone, defined right from the first movement of the Symphony No. 1 in E major. Järvi grabs the listener's attention here and doesn't release across substantial movements that are mostly between ten and 20 minutes long. A place to start sampling would be the entr'acte, an Intermezzo from the opera Notre Dame, which exemplifies the almost mystical tone Schmidt's music retained, even amid great personal tragedy. That tragedy is explicitly addressed in Schmidt's Symphony No. 4 in C major, designed "a requiem for my daughter" by the composer; the daughter died in childbirth in 1932. That work is perhaps the most Straussian of Schmidt's symphonies with its transfigured trumpet theme at the beginning and end, but Schmidt's style, although certainly conservative by the 1930s, was not derivative of anybody. It is not so much a matter of tonality, where he is, like Mahler, sometimes pushing the edges and, at other times, innocently diatonic. Instead, it is the historical scope of his music, encompassing styles as far back as Schubert (hear the echoes of the "Great" Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944) in the Symphony No. 3 in A major, while living very much in the world of Strauss and Bruckner overall. Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony catch the energy in the music and display no weaknesses over a very large orchestra in these live recordings. It seems possible that this release will expand the big symphonic repertory a bit. Try the music out and speculate on this possibility.
© TiVo

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