Schmidt Symphony No. 4 In C Hybrid Multi-Channel & Stereo SACD
Franz Schmidt’s Fourth Symphony is very dear to me. It is a symphony about
love, death and mourning. The first time I heard it, I was struck by its beauty,
powerful emotions and highly individual language. Since then I have performed
this magnificent and unjustly neglected work many times all over the world,
including Vienna, where this work was given its première.
I was thrilled to be able to conduct this symphony in the wonderful acoustics of
the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in my
first concert following my appointment as its new chief conductor. Schmidt’s
music was a real discovery for musicians and audience alike, and everybody was
captivated by the beauty and intensity of the score.
A few months later, we recorded the symphony together with exciting excerpts
from Schmidt’s opera Notre Dame. It is the first recording in a series of
Super-Audio CDs for the Pentatone label made in the orchestra’s own hall: the
monumental Beurs van Berlage, which was built around the same time this music
I hope some of the excitement we felt in the course of this project will also
come across in this recording.
On the face of it, the Austrian composer Franz Schmidt appears to have been a
successful man. After a thorough musical education in the small town of
Pressburg, followed by professional studies at the conservatoire in nearby
Vienna, Schmidt managed to acquire a position in the cello section of the
orchestra of the Viennese Court Opera at the age of 22. A teaching position in
both cello and piano at the conservatoire was yet to come, culminating in his
appointment as principal of that institute. Apart from these practical and
business obligations, Schmidt still found time to work on his compositions. He
wrote a limited amount of opus numbers. Apart from some chamber music, most of
his compositions are for major repertoire: two lengthy operas, an oratorio and
four symphonies. He ignored the musical innovations which were being introduced
in the Vienna of his day. The late-Romantic period as embodied by Liszt, Reger
and Bruckner was of greater relevance to him.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Musicians: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Amsterdam conducted by Yakov
Kreizberg; Vadim Tsibulevsky, concertmaster; Christiaan Louwens, cello-solo; Ad
Symphony No. 4 in C
1 Allegro molto moderato
3 Molto vivace
4 Allegro molto moderato
Orchestral Music from "Notre Dame"
7 Carnival Music