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The Symphony #2 of Franz Schmidt (written in 1913) is a pleasant, rather bubbly but disjointed romantic work which however, to be honest, is nowhere near musically as fine as his Symphony #4, which he wrote some twenty years later and for which he is far more likely to be known (see: Zubin Mehta's classic Decca recording with the Vienna Philharmonic.)
Although the second symphony as played here is generally well done by Stefan Blunier leading the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, the SACD recording is miked too distantly from the players to adequately reveal much of the bucolic instrumental detail, and Blunier's pacing also unfortunately emphasizes the occasional plodding nature of the second movement variations. (Neeme Järvi for example, in his performance with the Chicago Symphony, on Chandos is almost 2 minutes faster.) Indeed, overall Järvi's quicker pacing throughout helps the entire work.
BUT - call me perverse if you like - I have to recommend this disc none-the-less - for the sensational performance of Richard Strauss' Festival Prelude. Long one of my favorite concert curtain raisers, this is one of the greatest demo pieces ever written, and maybe predictably, here the SACD engineers do themselves proud. Blunier and the Beethoven Orchestra could be giving Ludwig the ultimate Lazarus wake-up call to return to the living. WOW! Together with the organ accompaniment, they play the lights out of this rousing piece. Forget the opening of "Also Sprach Zarathutra," although rarely performed this Prelude is maybe Strauss' finest bravura showpiece for brass, organ. and orchestra.