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Following their recording of Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 1 and excerpts from his opera Notre Dame (8570828), 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.
Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
II. Allegretto con variazioni: Einfach und zart
III. Finale: Langsam
Franz Schmidt: Fuga Solemnis
“…the Second Symphony… remains that rare combination, a work of tremendous immediate appeal and a compositional tour de force. Sinaisky and the Malmö Symphony get into the swing of Schmidt's freewheeling invention and with a splendid recording from Naxos... budget price this is self-recommending.”
16th October 2009
“it's often transparently scored and, as Sinaisky's fine performance with the Malmö Symphony shows, the ideas, all stemming from the theme heard in the opening movement, are striking.”