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Schmidt: Symphony No 4, Etc / Kreizberg, Netherlands Po


Release Date: 04/22/2003 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186015   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music itself is marvelously wrought, substantial, beautifully played, and instantly memorable. Pentatone's sonics are rich and full, with impressive bass and plenty of inner clarity.

This selection is a Hybrid Multichannel Super Audio CD. The Stereo Hybrid SACD program can be played on any standard compact disc player. The DSD Surround and Stereo programs require an SACD player for playback.

It's so good to see that new releases on SACD aren't limited to standard repertoire, and this excellent performance of Franz Schmidt's masterful Fourth Symphony remains competitive regardless of the format in which you listen. If Zubin Mehta's classic recording with the Vienna Philharmonic remains nonpareil, this
Read more newcomer certainly isn't far behind. The Netherlands Philharmonic may not match its Viennese colleagues in sheer weight of tone in the string sections, but Yakov Kreizberg's swifter tempos and lighter textures don't encourage direct competition. He still builds plenty of intensity into the Adagio's wrenching climaxes, and the scherzo section culminates in a very satisfying collapse, the horns doing themselves proud. It's a totally idiomatic performance, capped by a touchingly poetic coda.

The coupling seals the deal: there's no other way to get all three excerpts from Notre Dame on a single disc, and the music itself is marvelously wrought, substantial, beautifully played, and instantly memorable. Pentatone's sonics are rich and full, with impressive bass and plenty of inner clarity. In multichannel listening there is a clear "sweet spot", outside of which the rear channels might seem too prominent but that in all other respects admirably projects the advantages of the new medium: enhanced depth and three-dimensionality, and a vivid sense of the hall acoustic. But most importantly, and all sonic considerations aside, this is a disc worth hearing on purely musical grounds, and on that basis alone I highly recommend it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 4 in C major by Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1932-1933; Austria 
2. Notre Dame: Act 1 Introduction by Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1904; Vienna, Austria 
3. Notre Dame: Act 1 Intermezzo by Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1904; Austria 
4. Notre Dame: Act 1 Carnival Music by Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1904; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 4 in C major: I. Allegro molto moderato
Symphony No. 4 in C major: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 4 in C major: III. Molto vivace
Symphony No. 4 in C major: IV. Allegro molto moderato
Notre Dame, Op. 2: I. Introduction
Notre Dame, Op. 2: II. Intermezzo
Notre Dame, Op. 2: III. Carnival Music

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