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Schmidt Symphony No. 4

Australian Simone Young conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Franz Schmidt’s heartfelt and lustrous late-Romantic fourth symphony.

Franz Schmidt (1874–1939) was enormously gifted. For fifteen years, he was a cellist with the Vienna Philharmonic; the orchestra’s conductor Gustav Mahler always wanted him to take the solos. As a composer he studied under Anton Bruckner. He was also a brilliant pianist. After his years as a professional cellist, he was appointed professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatory.

His flowing and emotional late-Romantic music is played all too rarely, but here we will experience one of his very best pieces: Symphony No. 4, which is sub-titled “Requiem for my Daughter”. Against a tragic background, this music shimmers in a wide palette of bold colours. With unmistakable traces of Bruckner and Mahler, the piece is simultaneously personal and expressive.

Conductor Simone Young leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. She grew up and studied in Australia, but is a global leader of German and Austrian repertoires. In 2005 she became the first woman to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic and for many years, she was the director of the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • The music

  • Franz Schmidt Symphony No. 4
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Simone Young conductor
  • Filmed in January 2019.
  • The video is approximately 47 minutes.