Many thanks to Tovarnik for these little known virtuosi
The Franz Schmidt Third is a work of mystery and reflection, but it takes a sensitive interpreter to bring out this depth. Beautifully played by the Slovak Philarmonics at a relaxed pace that gives the work plenty of room to breathe, Libor Pesek reveals its secrets. It is a sun-dappled journey into a beautiful but unsettling place, melancholy and nostalgia throughout. There is an unmistakable undercurrent of shadow, even beneath seemingly ingratiating passages; the sound of darkness barely restrained (explosive in moments, only to be bottled back up again). Austrian to its core, there are distant echoes of Brahms (the opening motif sounds like a nod to the Brahms Serenade in A), Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Schubert, but in a uniquely individual voice. The somewhat bitterly ironic waltz of the third movement gives a nod to Ravel’s La Valse, which itself was ironic commentary.
Composer: Franz Schmidt
Orchestra: Slovak Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Libor Pesek
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 933 MB
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