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Bychkov's (not so) new Schmidt Sym 2

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« on: September 19, 2017, 12:29:59 am »

It's interesting to see this new release of Bychkov conducting the Vienna forces in Schmidt's 2nd Symphony. We have a "broadcast" recording of his performance of this symphony, with the same orchestra in the same hall, around a year before the commercial recording. That first performance was in 2014. The commercial recording was done in 2015. And it is released .... now? I find this a rather perplexing schedule. However, for those who are into hi-rez downloads, I'm sure the audio is superior to that old 256k MP3 in our archives. Even the cheap CD would have better audio.

I did a rough check of timings on the commercial release vs the old "broadcast" recording. For a symphony that is so long, with so many variations and key changes and shifts, the total timing of the original performance vs the recording released commercially differs by only a minute or so. I think he had a pretty solid idea of what he wanted from this symphony from the beginning.

There are other "broadcast" recordings of this symphony, as well as other commercial versions. I haven't really compared them head to head. The Naxos/Sony CD is a cheap buy. Bychkov is variable in his interpretations, but I'm sure not going to be nitpicking about this release. It's good to have a recording with good audio performed by a world class orchestra.

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 03:11:40 pm »

Try Blunier with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. A revelation for my taste.
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