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Schmidt: Symphony 2 - Strauss: Dreaming / Bychkov, Vienna Philharmonic

Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88985355522  
Composer:  Franz SchmidtRichard Strauss
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Schmidt, a cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, let hte orchestra premiere his symphony in 1913, which since then belongs to their main repertoire. With Semyon Bychkov they are a proven team to champion Schmidt's Symphony. The Second Symphony is the most brilliant and extroverted one with the biggest instrumentation. "It remains that rare combination, a work of tremendous immediate appeal and a compositional tour de force." (Gramophone Magazine) The recording features the famous intermezzo from the same-named opera by Strauss. It's full of Straussian yearning and lyricism performed by The Strauss Orchestra.



It's apparent here the amount of affection with which conductor and
Read more orchestra approach this work. The symphony is an essentially sunny and pastoral work of shifting, beautifully dappled colors. There are disparate hints of Strauss, Reger, and Bruckner, and others, as well as a couple of passages that look forward to future Schmidt work.

The performance here determinedly lets the music develop at its own pace; Bychkov is not a conductor to seek out cheap thrills. One admires what the conductor achieves with the variations in the second movement, for example, and the slow-burn momentum of the initally underwhelming finale.

A persuasive case is made here for a work of considerable beauty. A gentle, tender account of Strauss' most famous Intermezzo interlude makes a charming coupling.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 2 in E flat major by Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911-1912; Austria 
Intermezzo, Op. 72: Träumerei am Kamin by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918-1923; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Well Conducted Symphony from Minor Composer August 17, 2017 By Louis Galie (Leander, TX) See All My Reviews "I bought this CD based on a review in the BBC Music magazine. The BBC reviewer liked the symphony much more than I did. Franz Schmidt, as far as I am concerned, can remain in the halls of lesser-known, lesser-lights." Report Abuse
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