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**Symphony No. 4; Variations on a Hussar's Song* Naxos 8.572118

Composer: Franz Schmidt

Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky

Orchestra: Malmo Symphony Orchestra

Naxos's critically acclaimed series of Franz Schmidt's lush late
Romantic symphonies culminates with this new recording of his heartbreaking
Symphony No. 4, conceived as a requiem for his daughter Emma. The Variations on
a Hussar's Song, while recalling similar works by Brahms and Reger
nonetheless showcases Schmidt's sensitive handling of large orchestral
forces. Symphonies No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 are also available in what BBC Music
magazine has praised as a 'consistently impressive cycle of Schmidt

Symphony No. 4; Variations on a
Hussar's Song Re­­view

One of the glories of symphonic music from the first half of the 20th
century is the set of Four Symphonies by Austrian composer Franz Schmidt
(1874-1939). Vassily Sinaisky and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra have now
concluded their cycle for Naxos with a recording of the Fourth, accompanied by
Variations on a Hussar's Song (8.572118). Franz Welser-Most and the London
Philharmonic duplicate this repertory on the EMI label with performances that
are more intense and dramatic, but Sinaisky fully captures the glorious
sumptuousness of this music. His tempi are broader, but, if you have the
patience, the payoff is there. This budget Naxos Schmidt cycle is clearly one of
the supreme bargains of the year. Robert Reilly - CatholiCity

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