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'It's as if Schmidt himself were prophesying a catastrophe,' says Franz Welser-Möst, former chief conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor-elect of the Cleveland Orchestra and an ardent Schmidt champion, who will conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Sunday night's concert - only the second time a work by this composer has been heard at the Proms. 'It seems to portend everything that was about to follow : the Second World War, the Holocaust, the Nuclear Era.'

Franz Welser-Möst. Photo: Trevor Leighton - Copyright (c) 1999 EMI Classics

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