Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6; The Fall of Babylon

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>Spohr, Louis : Der Fall Babylons, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, WoO 63
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 6 in G major ("Historical"), Op. 116

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Der Fall Babylons, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, WoO 63
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 6 in G major ("Historical"), Op. 116
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Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley's enchanting series of Spohr's symphonies continues to inspire interest and delight in this underrated composer. Spohr's third symphony is a richer, more romantic work than its two predecessors. The sixth was written in an entirely new form, with each movement in a different historical style. Today we accept compositions which borrow musical styles from earlier periods such as Grieg's Holberg Suite, but when Spohr pioneered the process, contemporary listeners and critics completely failed to comprehend this concept. But it is in fact very effective as the styles imitated are filtered through Spohr's imagination giving the symphony its enduring fascination.

'Howard Shelley has a strong feeling for the varieties and subtleties of Spohr's symphonic style ... [Symphony no 3] The stormy Allegro bursts with energy and Shelley makes the most of a fine Larghetto and of a Scherzo with echoes of Mendelssohn as well as of Beethoven. Spohr's finale is given its full strength with thematic material that receives imaginative handling' (Gramophone)

'The C minor Symphony No 3 ... has an attractive slow movement, and a scherzo and trio that are woven together with considerable ingenuity. The slow introduction to the Overture from the oratorio The Fall of Babylon is impressive too' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Howard Shelley and his admirable Italian players have reached a curious landmark in their continuing exploration of Louis Spohr's symphonies for Hyperion: the 'historical' sixth ... It reflects Spohr's Mendelssohnian fascination with earlier music and his complete mastery of form' (The Observer)

'These are lively performances of rewarding works by an unjustly neglected master of quintessentially Romantic music' (NewClassics.com)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (03/23/2009-03/27/2009).



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>Spohr, Louis : Der Fall Babylons, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, WoO 63
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (03/23/2009-03/27/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839-1840

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (03/23/2009-03/27/2009)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1828

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 6 in G major ("Historical"), Op. 116
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (03/23/2009-03/27/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1839