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Spohr: String Quartets, Vol. 15, Nos. 19, 22 & 3 / Concertino String Quartet, New Budapest Quartet

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Quartet for Strings no 19 in A major ("Quatuor brillant no 4"), Op. 68
>Spohr, Louis : Quartet for Strings no 22 in D minor, Op. 74/3

Notes & Reviews:

Spohr was a prolific quartet composer, his body of work forming an important collection. His Quartet No. 19 is the fourth of his Quatuors brillants, chamber concertos designed to allow the first violinist, Spohr himself, to flaunt his virtuoso credentials. He ensures, however, that flourish is balanced by expressive themes and songful warmth Quartet No. 22 is one of his greatest compositions, notable not only for its broad, sweeping, even sensual themes tinged with pathos, but for the masterful use of counterpoint and virtuoso elements within a magnificently unified whole. The American Record Guide wrote of the Concertino String Quartet's recording of Nos. 9 and 17: 'Their tuning, intonation, technique, ensemble, sensitivity, and depth of expression result in total musicality.' (8.225315)

David's Review Corner
Louis Spohr was one of the world's most prolific composers of string quartets, the thirty-six scores spread over fifty years, the first completed when he was twenty. He followed in the footsteps of Haydn, but hardly changed in style throughout his life, his later works already out of date when they were written. His detractors cite his vast output as being a case of too little inspiration spread over too many works. Yet at his most inspired he was outstanding, and when it lacked memorable melodic invention, it was still full of passing pleasures.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
Marco Polo's recorded sound is without fault, and the booklet notes by Keith Warsop of the Spohr Society of Great Britain are authoritative as usual. Worth getting for the New Budapest's op. 74/3, and of course for collectors who have long since committed to this series.


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>Spohr, Louis : Quartet for Strings no 19 in A major ("Quatuor brillant no 4"), Op. 68
  • Notes: Russian State TV and Radio Company, KULTURA, Moscow, Russia (11/19/2010-11/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1823

>Spohr, Louis : Quartet for Strings no 22 in D minor, Op. 74/3
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1826