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Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 10 / Shelley - Orchestra della Svizzera

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>Spohr, Louis : Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten, WoO50
>     Overture
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 137
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 10 in E flat major, WoO 8 (incomplete)

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten, WoO50
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 137
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 10 in E flat major, WoO 8 (incomplete)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley’s fascinating discs of Spohr symphonies with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana have reignited interest in a composer who was once the most important in Europe. Spohr’s eighth symphony is one of the composer’s more conservative experiments in the form. The tenth is the composer’s final symphony and remained unpublished — languishing in the former Prussian State Library in Berlin — until 2006. This is the penultimate volume of a series which as a whole is an important historical document of musical taste.

“These performances - crisp, clear and affectionate - are well recorded and make for pleasing listening, not least Spohr's symphonic swan-song...Anyone new to Spohr's symphonies would do well to start here.”-International Record Review

“there are attractive and characteristic touches [in the Tenth], and there is something affecting about how the old Romantic sensationalist turned at the end for sustenance back to Haydn...The recording is clear and lucid, and does justice to the excellent Overture”-Gramophone

“These are clear, beautifully judged performances, and Shelley and his orchestra plead every case for these works, from the portentous opening Adagio of the Eighth Symphony, to its fleet-footed Trio...you'll find no better performances than these: expertly judged and well argued by Shelley and his team. Revealing and worth exploring.”-Classic FM Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/12/2010-04/16/2010).



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten, WoO50 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Orchestra della Svizzera
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/12/2010-04/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1810-1811

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 137
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/12/2010-04/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1847

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 10 in E flat major, WoO 8 (incomplete)
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/12/2010-04/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857