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    This is a wonderful performance of a relatively little-known work by the fine Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Schmidt. It sets texts from the Book of Revelations for a large orchestra, chorus, soloists and organ. Everyone involved plays and sings superbly, a delight from beginning to end.

    The sound quality in the video is first-class, clear and well-extended. There are no subtitles of the original German text, but in the Download Booklet link at https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%205061 you will find the text and an english translation.

    Schmidt's musical style is original and in a late Romantic style, with underlying influences of Bruckner, Reger and Bach: an exuberant Magyar spicy element occasionally erupts too. Recommended!
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    There are quite some recordings, of which I have this one. Interesting fellow, Schmidt played solo-cello in the VPO under Mahler (while not being the first cello, purely on musical quality) and teached many musicians and conductors. He was considered to be a successor to Bruckner by some, however being born in the same year as Schonberg, Schmidt's musical 'conservatism' was a bit outdated. He had a sad private life and was (untruthfully?) blamed for Nazi sympathies.

    He composed quite some organ music and 4 symphonies, but I don't know them. Is there anyone here who can shine more light on Schmidt's music?

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    For Franz Schmidt's symphonic works, there is in the Orchestral Music area this thread: "Neglected German and Austrian orchestral composers and works of the late romantic era." It has quite a bit on Schmidt. His symphonies are wonderful! My favourite is No. 2 in E-Flat Major.

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    I love this piece! It's one of my favorites and grossly underrated. I have the Welser-Möst recording. Good Stuff! The conductor Fabio Luisi in the video will be performing the piece with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in April this year: https://www.mydso.com/buy/tickets/fa...nducts-schmidt
    Luisi seems to be trying to bring more attention to this work. This page describes Luisi as "a champion of the Austrian composer’s oratorio":
    https://www.mydso.com/about-the-dso/...o-19-20-SEASON
    If it wasn't so far away, I'd go to it, but I couldn't afford to travel that far unfortunately. Hopefully this work ends up being performed more often.
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    The organ music is quite substantial as a body of work - anyone who likes Reger's should investigate Schmidt's if they are unfamiliar with it. This 4-disc set on Capriccio does, I think, include everything apart from the original version of the variations and fugue on the King's Fanfare from his opera Fredigundis.

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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