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4038   smaragd • előzmény4032 2021-11-16 17:13:37


Schmidt Complete Symphonies
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi

Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon’s booklet note for this new recording arguably exaggerates the neglect of Franz Schmidt (1874-1939) and his four symphonies, but there’s no denying that this is a hugely significant release for the Austrian composer, and one that reflects growing interest in his work. It follows two separate recordings of Symphony No 2 that came out in 2017 (including one from the Vienna Philharmonic, Schmidt’s own orchestra at the start of the 20th century), while the powerfully elegiac Fourth, the best-represented on disc, has been given a recent additional boost by Kirill Petrenko, who brought it to the Proms with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018.
Schmidt is clearly also a favourite in the Järvi family. Kristjan has recorded his apocalyptic oratorio Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln (Chandos, 6/08), while Neeme’s survey of the symphonies (also Chandos) with the orchestras in Detroit and Chicago still holds up extremely well as a recommendation ahead of Vasily Sinaisky’s respectable rather than exceptional Naxos cycle.
‘It makes as strong a case for both Schmidt and his symphonies as one could imagine. Essential for the composer’s fans, highly recommended for newcomers’
Paavo shares plenty of his father’s virtues in the works, not least an apparently instinctive ability to draw Schmidt’s symphonic threads together into performances that are persuasive, powerful and, thanks here to the rich-sounding Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, very well played to boot. But the new set boasts its own qualities: an unfailing musicality, an extra sense of refinement, a seriousness that never spills over into portentousness, an ability to let Schmidt’s ideas unfurl naturally.
Although captured live in Frankfurt over a leisurely five-year period, the richly recorded performances have a real sense of coherence. As a set, they allow the listener to trace Schmidt’s development in a genre whose gods were very much in their twilight. The composer eschewed both the expansion (in terms of duration and instrumentation) favoured by Mahler and the descriptive route chosen by Strauss. Instead he resolutely charted a course in the tradition of Brahms and Bruckner.
But Schmidt’s is a distinctive sound world all his own. Tonality is pushed, pulled and stretched – but never beyond breaking point. Violin lines, often sweetened with characteristic languid turns, soar up over the stave in winding counterpoint; the winds burble or weave their own tendril-like lines with hothouse lushness. Rich brass are used to underpin grand and exultant climaxes (and few come grander than that at the close of the Second Symphony) which, in contrast to Bruckner, are rooted in the sensual and the earthly.
At its best this is music of great power and harmonious adventurousness, beautifully crafted and patiently built up. At other times, admittedly, it can seem to lose its way. The finales of the First and Third Symphonies, for example, footle along towards conclusions that then seem to arrive too soon, while some melodies, especially the scherzo-like movements, have an almost complacent jauntiness that, to my ears at least, can feel unsympathetic.
The achievement of Järvi and his orchestra, though, is in making it all seem necessary and inevitable: these are compelling, supremely persuasive performances that constantly underline the music’s great qualities. Their account of the First Symphony (which won the 25-year-old Schmidt the Beethoven Prize of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in 1900) sits back and revels in the work’s generous, handsome melodiousness, especially in the fine slow movement and the seductive quasi-trio section of the structurally adventurous quasi-scherzo.
They keep the Second Symphony on a tight leash, never letting its winding luxuriousness overwhelm the sense of forward momentum (sounding a touch more purposeful than Semyon Bychkov’s admittedly gorgeous VPO account – Sony, 7/17). There’s plenty of virtuosity in the second movement’s variations and a final climax of thrilling power, where the FRSO’s brass show themselves a match for Järvi père’s Chicagoans. Conductor and orchestra revel in the melodic richness of the Third Symphony’s first movement and capture the misty melancholy of its slow movement beautifully.
Finally, the performance of the Fourth (1933) is one to treasure, even more eloquent, to my ears, than Franz Welser-Möst’s refined LPO account (EMI/Warner, 1/96). The first movement’s numb atmosphere of mourning is never overplayed. The heartbreaking love song of the slow movement, teetering on the edge of sentimentality before giving in to the disconsolate funereal tread of a distant march, is deeply moving – helped by fine solo work from cellist Peter-Phillip Staemmler. The Molto vivace’s busyness is then deftly dispatched before tumbling in a heap before a powerful, moving account of the final 10 minutes. Anyone wanting confirmation of Schmidt’s stature and seriousness should start here.
And what of Schmidt himself? Maybe he’s condemned to be in a perpetual state of rediscovery, stuck in limbo on the edge of the repertory. If anything can change that, though, it’s this set: with the Notre Dame Intermezzo thrown in to sweeten the deal, it makes as strong a case for both Schmidt and his symphonies as one could imagine. Essential for the composer’s fans, highly recommended for newcomers. Hugo Shirley

4032   smaragd • előzmény4030 2021-11-05 13:22:42

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4030   smaragd • előzmény4016 2021-10-31 16:50:59


Gesamtaufnahme aller Sinfonien von Franz Schmidt ausgezeichnet
Gramophone Classical Music Award 2021 für hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt
Veröffentlicht am 21.10.21 um 16:27 Uhr

Die CD-Produktion »Franz Schmidt: Complete Symphonies« des hr-Sinfonieorchesters Frankfurt unter der Leitung von Paavo Järvi gewinnt den britischen Gramophone Classical Music Award 2021 in der Kategorie »Orchester«. Die Preise werden am 5. Oktober in London verliehen, die Show gibt es als Livestream zu sehen auf

Neben den Grammy Awards und dem Opus Klassik gehört der vom britischen Klassikmagazin Gramophone verliehene Preis zu den renommiertesten der Branche. Die neue CD-Produktion rückt das faszinierende Werk und die außergewöhnliche Künstlerpersönlichkeit von Franz Schmidt in den Fokus und war bereits für den BBC Music Award 2020 nominiert.
Die vier Sinfonien sowie das Intermezzo aus der Oper »Notre Dame« von Franz Schmidt nahm das hr-Sinfonieorchester zusammen mit seinem ehemaligen Chefdirigenten und jetzigen Conductor Laureate über einen Zeitraum von fünf Jahren auf. Die von der Deutschen Grammophon veröffentlichten Aufnahmen entstanden bei Live-Aufführungen zwischen 2013 und 2018 in der Alten Oper Frankfurt sowie im hr-Sendesaal und sind ein Dokument der erfolgreichen künstlerischen Zusammenarbeit des hr-Sinfonieorchesters mit Järvi. Die Hommage an den österreichisch-ungarischen Komponisten Franz Schmidt war für Järvi ein sehr wichtiges Projekt: »Performing and recording the Franz Schmidt symphonies was a total labour of love – on many levels. First of all, it was music that was introduced to me by my father. I fell in love with these pieces because of him and because he was so incredibly enthusiastic about this music. Also this set was the last project I worked on as Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony – and it was a very special conclusion to my time with the orchestra. For those reasons these recordings have a unique significance for me and I am thrilled to be receiving this Gramophone Award.« Paavo Järvi hatte von 2006 bis 2013 den Chefposten in Frankfurt inne.
»Wir freuen uns außerordentlich über diese Auszeichnung«, so hr-Musikchef und Orchestermanager Michael Traub, »und wir sind stolz und glücklich, dass wir in Zusammenarbeit mit Paavo Järvi und der Deutschen Grammophon ein besonderes Schlaglicht auf diesen nach wie vor wenig beachteten spätromantischen Komponisten werfen.«
Der Chronologie der musikalischen Entwicklung Schmidts folgend, markieren die in großen Abständen komponierten Sinfonien die unterschiedlichen Phasen im Leben des Komponisten. Beginnend mit der in jungen Jahren komponierten lebhaften und leichtfüßigen ersten Sinfonie, komponierte Schmidt, inzwischen 58-jährig, seine so dramatisch wie innige Vierte unter dem Eindruck eines großen persönlichen Schicksalsschlages.
Franz Schmidt: Complete Symphonies
hr-Sinfonieorchester; Paavo Järvi, Dirigent
1. Sinfonie E-Dur; 2. Sinfonie Es-Dur; 3. Sinfonie A-Dur; 4. Sinfonie C-Dur; Intermezzo aus der Oper "Notre Dame"
Label: Deutsche Grammophon, 3 CDs, Bestell-Nr. 483 8336
Gesamtdauer: 190‘23‘‘ min.

4016   smaragd 2021-10-01 17:36:30


Paavo Järvo on Franz Schmidt

Paavo Järvi talks to Clive Paget about his recording of Franz Schmidt's symphonies, Limelight's Recording of the Month in December.

by Clive Paget on 23 November, 2020

Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi has followed in the footsteps of his father Neeme and recorded the complete symphonies of Austrian composer Franz Schmidt (1874-1949). Perfect examples of the late-Romantic tradition, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra give stellar accounts of all four works on Deutsche Grammophon. Clive Pagetcaught up with the maestro to discover just what it is about Schmidt that gets his musical juices flowing.

When did you first come across Franz Schmidt and his four symphonies?

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18:00 : Budapest
Ötpacsirta Szalon (FSzEK Zenei Gyűjteménye)

Gál-Szabó Alíz (hegedű), Karasszon Eszter (cselló), Mali Emese (zongora), Nagy Míra (zongora)
Az est házigazdája Hózsa Zsófia zenetörténész
"Szalonok világa II."
Goldmark: Szvit hegedűre és zongorára
Beethoven: D-dúr (Szellem) zongoratrió, op. 70
19:00 : Sopron

Kolonits Klára (ének)
Óbudai Danubia Zenekar
vezényel: Hámori Máté
Óbudai Danubia Zenekar
vezényel: Hámori Máté "A szépség forradalma"
Mozart: A questo seno, deh vieni, K 374
Mozart: Misera, dove son? Ah, non son io che parlo, K 369
Mozart: Nehmt meinem Dank, K 383
Mozart: D-dúr 'Párizsi' szimfónia, K 297
Poulenc: Sinfonietta, FP 141
A mai nap
1914 • Rafael Kubelík, cseh karmester († 1996)
1963 • Anne-Sophie Mutter, hegedűs
1941 • Ignacy Jan Paderewski, zeneszerző, zongorista, Lengyelország harmadik miniszterelnöke (sz. 1860)