Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the complete symphonies of Franz Schmidt, recently released by Deutsche Grammophon, has been named Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month in this month’s Awards Issue.

Captured live in concert over a period of five years, “these are compelling, supremely persuasive performances that constantly underline the music’s great qualities” comments Gramophone. Paavo Järvi has “an apparently instinctive ability to draw Schmidt’s symphonic threads together into performances the are persuasive, powerful and, thanks here to the rich-sounding Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, very well played to boot … an unfailing musicality, an extra sense of refinement, a seriousness that never spills over into portentousness, an ability to let Schmidt’s ideas unfurl naturally … As a set, they allow the lister to trace Schmidt’s development in a genre whose gods were very much in their twilight.”

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