Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Schmidt : Symphony no 2

Franz Schmidt (1874-1939) is rarely performed nowadays. More's the pity, because three of his four symphonies are substantial and original works. I've been listening to them recently, and I'm posting them over the next while.

Starting with the second symphony, his first truly original work, I think. Here it is in a wonderful live performance with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Listen to how the players respond to the work - the horn section, in particular, play gloriously. It's wonderful to hear such a joyful noise!

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