Schmidt: Symphony No. 2
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I remember we looked over the programme and wondered to each other "Franz WHO? What's this all about? Drat!" We were in for a boring evening it seemed.
Yet roughly three minutes into the first movement (the second major brass crecendo I believe) my wife whispered "Hey -- this is great!" And so it was for the rest of the performance. Breathtaking.
The CD captures that night's sound of Orchestra Hall/CSO perfectly. Schmidt may not be for everyone, but he deserves a much wider audience. Get this CD if you want to (a) discover a new and somewhat offbeat musical personality and/or (b) show off your audio equipment to your friends by letting them hear the full glory of pre-renovation Orchestra Hall.
Mr Fogel had a long and turbulent association with the Schmidt 2nd. In the 1960's, as executive director of the Syracuse Symphony, he had worked for the better part of the decade to record the work with the orchestra's music director, Karl Kritz. By 1969, all agreed that the players were ready to tackle the work in performance AND record it for ABC/Westminster Records. After the final rehearsal, Maestro Kritz had begun to feel ill; he conducted the Friday night performance but, tragically, passed away before the 2nd and final performance. The recording project was scrapped.
Again we fast forward to Mr Fogel's tenure with the Chicago Symphony.Read more ›
The first movement's second theme is one of the most joyous of the century. And the work's conclusion! Awesomely played by the Chicago Symphony's brass section, it makes the Great Gates of Kiev seem like the door to a P.O. box.
An absolute must for any fan of Straussian grandiloquence! Grab it before it goes out of print.
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Franz who? Even as a professional symphonic musician, I had no idea what I was getting into, but WOW! Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Music Is Everything