4 Nov 2012

Franz Schmidt (1874-1939)

From Composer of the Week, 9:15 am on 4 November 2012
Franz Schmidt

Franz Schmidt sculpture in Vienna Photo: CC BY-SA 1.0

Franz Schmidt: cellist, pianist, trumpeter and composer.

Erica Challis takes a look at his music, his wit, his tragic personal life and his difficult personality.

She comes to the conclusion that Schmidt was a superb symphonist. So why then, has his music been neglected?

Music Details:

SCHMIDT: Symphony No 4, mvt 1 – London Phil/ Franz Welser-Möst )EMI 5 55518)
SCHMIDT: Lento-Adagio from Variations on a Hussar's Song – London Phil/ Franz Welser-Möst )EMI 5 55518)
SCHMIDT: Fantisiestück No 1 - Heinrich Schiff (cello), Samuel Sanders (pno) (Philips 420 945)
SCHMIDT: Interlude from Notre Dame - Malmö SO/ Vassily Sinaisky (Naxos 8.570828)
SCHMIDT: Chaconne in D minor - Malmö SO/ Vassily Sinaisky (Naxos 8.572119)
SCHMIDT: Chaconne in D minor - Malmö SO/ Vassily Sinaisky (Naxos 8.572119)
SCHMIDT: Symphony No 4, mvt 1 – London Phil/ Franz Welser-Möst )EMI 5 55518)
SCHMIDT: Symphony No 1, mvt 1 - Malmö SO/ Vassily Sinaisky (Naxos 8.570828)
SCHMIDT: Symphony No 4, mvt 1  – London Phil/ Franz Welser-Möst )EMI 5 55518)
SCHMIDT: Und als das Lamm der Siegel erstes auftrat – various soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus & SO/ Franz Welser-Möst (EMI 5 56662)
SCHMIDT: Und als das Lamm der Siegel drittes auftrat – various soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus & SO/ Franz Welser-Möst (EMI 5 56662)
SCHMIDT: Und als das Lamm der Siegel fünftes auftrat – various soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus & SO/ Franz Welser-Möst (EMI 5 56662)
SCHMIDT: Ich bin das A und das O – various soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus & SO/ Franz Welser-Möst (EMI 5 56660)