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Franz Schmidt’s Third Symphony was composed in 1927-28, dedicated to and premièred by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, winning a first prize from the Columbia Graphophone Company of New York for the best symphony in the spirit of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony as part of the centenary commemorations of Schubert’s birth.
Schmidt’s symphony is lyrical, includes a set of variations, a Ländler-like Scherzo and finale rich in thematic invention.
In 1931 Schmidt added wind and percussion instruments and a large body of strings to his monumental Chaconne for organ, in which form it too was premièred by the Vienna Philharmonic.
Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 3 in A major
I. Allegro molto moderato
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Molto piu tranquillo
IV. Lento - Allegro vivace
Franz Schmidt: Chaconne in D minor
Chaconne in D minor
“Schmidt's instrumental inventiveness and thematic resource are a constant delight, with Sinaisky and his players triumphantly surmounting every technical hurdle.”
15th July 2010
“Sinaisky's performance with the Malmö orchestra makes no apologies and plays every movement for all its worth, while the fill-up – Schmidt's orchestration of his almost half-hour-long Chaconne originally composed for organ – is a very generous one.”
25th July 2010
“Schmidt's symphonies have their passionate advocates, and this series of recordings under Vassily Sinaisky makes a good case for their naive beauties...Fascinating but decadent.”
“The sound is once more among the best of Naxos's orchestral releases, while the couplings could not be more appropriate...Those coming new to [the Schmidt symphonies] could not hope for a better entrée than through Sinaisky's persuasive readings.”