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Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 1 – Notre Dame, Act I

Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky

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Symphony No. 1 in E Major  
1.1
I. Sehr langsam - sehr lebhaft
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
11:37
1.2
II. Langsam
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
11:25
1.3
III. Schnell und leicht
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
11:35
1.4
IV. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu schnell
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
10:47
Notre Dame, Op. 2  
1.5
Act I: Introduction
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
4:30
1.6
Act I: Intermezzo
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
5:00
1.7
Act I: Carnival Music
Franz Schmidt; Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky
5:51
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:45
"Sinaisky directs searching accounts of the works here and the Malmö players relish the task of tackling repertoire put on the map by the erstwhile director of their Gothenburg rivals along the Swedish coast." - Gramophone "... a very fine performance ... I can hardly wait for the same performers to give us the other symphonies: they should be well worth hearing ... performances and recorded sound cannot be faulted and the notes by Adam Binks are well worth reading." - MusicWeb International "... (Sinaisky) leads a convincing performance with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra ... there are good parts aplenty in the Notre Dame excerpts ... Schmidt’s opera displays the composer’s keen dramatic instincts and developing orchestral mastery (the colourful Carnival Music is quite captivating) ... a first-rate performance, captured in excellent sound by Naxos. If you’re interested in early Schmidt, you’ll do quite well with this release." - ClassicsToday.com This lavishly-praised 2009 release from Vassily Sinaisky and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra showcases Franz Schmidt's finely crafted, grandiose and optimistic Symphony No. 1, which recalls masterpieces by other great Romantic composers Brahms, Bruckner and Reger. The programme also includes excerpts of Schmidt's opera Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo’s novel. Sinaisky and the orchestra make a strong case for the revival of Schmidt’s strangely neglected, yet sumptuous and deeply satisfying music.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at the Malmö Concert Hall, Sweden, August 22 and 23 (tracks 5 - 7) and August 27 - 30 (tracks 1 - 4), 2007 Producer, engineer and editor: Sean Lewis Technical assistant: Erik B. Nielsen Booklet notes: Adam Binks Cover image: Gloriette, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna (© Alexander Sukonkin / Dreamstime.com)

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