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Jens F. Laurson
Ionarts, May 2019

Franz Schmidt is one of those “Surprised by Beauty” romantics of the 20th century whose (re-)discovery is still ongoing. Latest exhibit: This CD, unearthing a world-premiere in the form of the Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra. … Coupled with the nearly-as romantic Hussar’s Variations and the Chaconne (Schmidt’s orchestration of his own organ work), this is a perfect, quite well performed addition to the Schmidt-catalog and any romantic music lover’s library. © 2019 Ionarts Read complete review



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, January 2017

This lovely recording from Ludwigshafen brings us the most enjoyable Schmidt Variations performance available so far. …The trick is to make the whole function well together, and Alexander Rumpf does just that. He softens the Hussar melody, makes it swoop with portamento, and captures perfectly its natural evolution into something bigger.

The Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic do themselves proud here, clearly enjoying the experience and performing each variation with real sonority and character as a little gem. My personal favorite, the short, syncopated Second Variation, has a wonderful Elgarian brass growl which stays with one. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, January 2017

These performances are first-rate. Pianist Jasminka Stančul has the rich touch and technique for the Fantasia. Conductor Rumpf is solid, and the orchestra has the right German sound. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, September 2016

Serbian pianist Jasminka Stančul delivers a stirring rendition of the Fantasia made all the more impressive by the committed, sensitive support she gets from the German Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic (RPSP) under conductor Alexander Rumpf. The latter go on to give us enthusiastic accounts of the accompanying selections… © 2016 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review



Bob Stevenson
MusicWeb International, September 2016

…all splendidly performed and recorded. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Andrew Clements
The Guardian, August 2016

Performances under Alexander Rumpf are more than decent, but the music is distinctly variable, with the Fantasia, in which Jasminka Stančul is the soloist, as the most routinely late Romantic. The Variations are skilful and sometimes distinctly adventurous harmonically, if you can stomach the unremitting back-slapping cheerfulness of the theme. It’s the big-boned Chaconne, almost half an hour long, that is the most compelling piece here, conjuring an unexpectedly massive music structure out of what seems, at first, a rather unprepossessing theme. © 2016 The Guardian Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, August 2016

…a recording worth exploring, even if late-period German Romantic music is not your thing. Schmidt’s superb ear for color and especially harmonic movement was so highly evolved that it is almost impossible not to like this music—and Alexander Rumpf is a big reason why it works so well. © 2016 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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