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  • Orchestra: Malmö Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
  • Composer: Franz Schmidt
  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002IVRB9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Orchestre Symphonique de Malmö - Vassili Sinaiski, direction - Anders Johnsson, orgue


''Vassily Sinaisky and his Swedish orchestra excel.'' --BBC Music Magazine (Mark Pappenheim, December 2009)

''The sound is not far short of Naxos' bestthose who are unfamiliar with or remain sceptical towards Schmidt's music should acquire both of these discs forthwith.'' --IRR (Richard Whitehouse, December 2009)

''A splendid instalment to Sinaisky's Schmidt symphony series… a splendid recording from Naxos…. Even if one has the symphony already, I urge you to try this newcomer. One cannot have too much Schmidt.'' --Gramophone

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr Konrad Schneckenhauer on 21 Aug. 2010
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As with their Naxos recordings of the 1st and 3rd Symphonies, Sinaisky and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra give an absolutely superb performance. Schmidt's 2nd Symphony is full of riches, and if you like Richard Strauss, Elgar or Vaughan Williams you will love it. The first movement has echoes of Der Rosenkavalier, the second movement is a set of variations (of which the later ones form the symphony's vigorous and delightfully dancing scherzo) and the finale has a slow-moving grandeur, at times reminiscent of Bruckner. This recording would be worth acquiring at any price - at a fiver it's an incredible bargain which you should snap up immediately (along with the 1st and 3rd symphonies too) - very strongly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on 17 Dec. 2010
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This disc is a revelation. The Malmö orchestra is on superb form, in particular the horns - all eight of them. The symphony is a majestic piece of late-romantic richness in that most magisterial key of Eb major, technically a huge challenge to any orchestra, to which the Swedes rise with aplomb.

The great first movement perhaps overshadows the rest somewhat, with some brilliant writing for full orchestra and clever manipulation of tonality - full of artful surprises. The Brahmsian start to the middle movement (a set of variations) leads to a more Mahlerian, lively, scherzo-like section. The last movement, a rondo in structure, is richly contrapuntal and moves to a triumphant conclusion.

This is fin-de-siècle stuff, written shortly before the First World War, after which nothing could be what it had been before. The music exudes confidence and assertiveness. Max Reger is in there somewhere also, but don't let the echoes of Schmidt's contemporaries put you off; this is music written by a technical master which achieves its own style. Its public voice, rephrasing the great truths of romanticism, starkly contrasts with the equally monumental but more private world of the Fourth Symphony, expressing Schmidt's grief at the death of his daughter.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip Chadwick VINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2010
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symphony is interesting - a little mahlerian but that's no bad thing
not too keen on the organ piece - always think an organ sounds better on its own (preferable playing bach)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A great symphony receives a great recording 30 Sept. 2009
By AndrewCF - Published on
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[[ASIN:B000000AJH Schmidt: Symphony No. 2 In E Flat Major] ]Most people I know who love Mahler first discovered Franz Schmidt through a renowned recording of the Symphony No. 4 conducted by Mehta on London/Decca. While a general concensus seems to exist that the Fourth is Schmidt's greatest symphony, I believe, especially upon hearing this new recording, that the Second is far greater. Oddly enough, Schmidt and Mahler were colleagues at first, both having studied with Robert Fuchs, and Mahler showed unusual favoritism for Schmidt (a cellist in the Court Opera). Schmidt's musical gifts were celebrated before Mahler's, and the jealousy felt by Mahler caused a rift in their friendship. The redolence of Mahler is obvious in the first movement (Lebhaft) of Symphony No. 2, characteristic of the familiar nostalgia and sensuality of the composer; for me it brings to mind Mahler's 6th which was written about 8 years previous to Schmidt. Yet the second movement takes off in a deluge of ecstasy that is more typical of the great expressionist composers, such as Zemlinsky and Schreker. Some years ago, Jarvi brought us the first (?) complete cycle of Schmidt's four symphonies, which remain brilliantly recorded for the most part and worthwhile. However, Jarvi's Second (a live recording) with the Chicago Symphony, has always seemed under-rehearsed, and at times the orchestra struggles to keep up. Not so this new recording with Sinaisky; the Malmo Symphony Orchestra is well up to the task of this dense work. Tempi are perfectly judged. Rarely has a Naxos recording sounded this lush. This series will, in years to come, be the standard-bearer by which all other Schmidt cycles will be compared, I sincerely believe. At this budget price, it is a must.
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A Good Recording 16 July 2010
By Hegelian - Published on
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The previous reviewer's tale of how people come to Franz Schmidt (through Mehta's 4th) is exactly how I came to him c. 1990, and I've tried hard over the years to like his other symphonies. There are several good recordings of the 4th, and the Jarvi and (under-rated) Luisi recordings of the other three have much to recommend them, though in each case the 2nd is the weakest performance. I was hoping this Malmo recording would warm me up to this symphony, but it doesn't, and the inclusion of (the first recording?) of the ponderous and lugubrious "Fuga Solemnis" doesn't tip the balance for me either. Still, this is an inexpensive way to explore this repertoire, and if you enjoy the present disc, you will probably want the other symphonies as well.
Sinaisky's is the finest Schmidt symphony cycle 21 July 2015
By Firebrand - Published on
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Vassily Sinaisky's Franz Schmidt symphony cycle with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra is the strongest, most sensitively interpreted, and best realized set.

The Schmidt Second is a difficult work to pull off, with its awkward characteristics, the clumsiness of which is accentuated under lesser batons due to the many contrasts and shifts. The mix of Richard Strauss-ish bombast with more introspective forward-looking material can be tough to balance, but Sinaisky gets everything right. It is big without being overbearing, broad, warm, patient and relaxed, with room to breathe. The orchestral play is excellent.

By contrast, Neeme Jarvi's more superficial account is abrupt and overly muscular, often blowing past many of the subtleties. Ludovit Rajter, a student of Schmidt's, recorded his version with the Radio Bratislava Symphony on the Opus label. The Rajter recording has dry, thin sound and a more acerbic texture.

If you are seeking a Schmidt Second, Sinaisky's is virtually flawless.
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