Stefan Schmidt / 22. November 2010
Mit gefühlvoll interpretierten Werken von Brahms, Schumann und Liszt verführt Stefan Schmidt den Liebhaber klassischer Klaviermusik zum Träumen. Der vielseitige und engagierte Konzertpianist und begehrte Liedbegleiter ist auch ein erfolgreicher Pädagoge, seine Schüler sind Preisträger nationaler und internationaler Wettbewerbe. Stefan Schmidt war außerdem musikalischer Leiter von Falco meets Amadeus , einem der erfolgreichsten deutschen Musicals und er liebt ungewöhnliche Herausforderungen, wie das Projekt DER STRASSENCHOR zeigt. Als Chorleiter führt er hier Menschen, die am Rand der Gesellschaft leben, zu einem Chor zusammen. Obdachlosen, Drogensüchtigen und sozial schwach gestellten Menschen will er damit wieder neuen Lebensmut geben. ZDFneo begleitet das Projekt von Anfang an und zeigt die Dokumentation als achtteilige Serie. Einer der vielen Höhepunkte war der TV-Auftritt in Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel .
Duo DS / 1. Juni 2013
Since 2006, the musicians David Delgado, violin, and Stefan Schmidt, piano, have performed many extraordinary programmes as an ensemble with the name of Duo DS. A CD with the violin works by Erwin Schulhoff now follows the recording of all the works for violin and piano by the Spanish composer Turina for Gramola. The Czech composer, hitherto unrecognized for his great contri-bution to the development of New Music, bequeathed a solo sonata, a suite and two sonatas for violin and piano until his death in a Nazi concentration camp in 1942.
Duo DS / 1. Januar 2012
This recording of the complete works of Joaquín Turina for violin and piano will have particular appeal to fans of violin music, Spanish music, and Impressionistic music, but at only 100 minutes, it will leave them wishing Turina had written more and that his music should be better known. Turina's music is similar to Albéniz's – both had musical education in Paris – but being slightly younger, Turina comes even closer than Albéniz did to Debussy and Ravel in the way he uses tone colors. And his use of rhythms and harmonies from Andalusia are more elegant and subtle than other Spanish composers' use of their homeland's folk music. There is fire and passion at times, such as in the opening movement of the Sonata No. 1 and the Homenaje a Navarra – a popularistic work based on themes composed by or played by Pablo de Sarasate – but again, it's usually something that is more understated than what one expects from Spanish music. The violin lines sound freeform and unstructured even though there is formalism in the music. Violinist David Delgado is Andalusian himself, so he's familiar with the idioms Turina used. He's very much at ease with the music, bringing a thorough musicality to it that makes it sing, shows off all the character in each piece, and invigorates it without distorting its sophistication. It's disappointing that the recording doesn't have a warmer sound and that the piano seems so distant from the violin that it is often hard to reconcile Delgado and Stefan Schmidt as true partners in the music, even though their performance proves they are. (allmusic.com)