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Franz Schmidt: Notre Dame / Gwyneth Jones, James King, Kurt Moll

Album Summary

>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame
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Notes & Reviews:

This world premiere recording of Schmidt's Notre Dame is dominated not by Paris or Quasimodo, but by Esmeralda, played by Gwyneth Jones. She is the center of the stories which make up the plot and the Esmeralda motif is the principal theme of the opera.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Schmidt's Notre Dame has been kept alive by one famous orchestral extract, the gorgeous intermezzo from Act 1. They're often charming and never discordant. I've heard more sensuous performances of the intermezzo.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
A sumptuous late-Romantic score with exotic gypsy music for Esmeralda. Jones and King sound too mature for young lovers, but the performance is compelling.

MusicWeb International, 21st October 2013
In the opening scene King convinces us of his passion, and it is marvellous to hear the music so expertly taken...[Jones's] attention, as always, to the text pays dividends. She rides the climaxes with all the force that one could wish. Both of these veterans combine to good effect in their extended love duet...The music well repays investigation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (08/1988).


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>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame
  • Performer: Andreas Juffinger (Organ)
  • Conductor: Christof Perick
  • Ensemble: Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904-1906