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Louis Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 / NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover,

Audio Samples

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 4 in F major ("Die Weihe der Tone"), Op. 86
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 102
>Spohr, Louis : Der Matrose, overture to the incidental music for piano, 4 hands, WoO 7

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 4 in F major ("Die Weihe der Tone"), Op. 86
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 102
>Spohr, Louis : Der Matrose, overture to the incidental music for piano, 4 hands, WoO 7
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Enormously popular during the Victorian era, Spohr's Weihe der T÷ne Symphony (No. 4) occupies a halfway house between Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Elegant performances in vibrant sound.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
As the motto phrase on cellos and basses opening No. 4 rises out pianissimo...you'll know that a fine conductor is in charge. Howard Griffiths ensures that the same dynamic is graded appropriately...Griffiths is as attentive to these elements as he is to the succeeding movement's structural mix of lullaby, dance and serenade in separate time signatures.

In Symphony No. 4 Spohr created a completely new form of symphonic music by translating Carl Pfeiffer's poem Die Weihe der Toene into the language of music. Spohr was convinced 'that this new genre of instrumental music, because it engages the intellect as well as emotion and does so in an unexpected way, will appeal not only to experts but also to laymen.' The composer was right, and it went on to become one of his most-performed symphonies. cpo presents this work with Symphony No. 5 and the dramatic overture to Der Matrose on Vol. 4 of their highly acclaimed Spohr edition with Howard Griffiths.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (2010-03-??&2010-04-??&2010-).



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 4 in F major ("Die Weihe der Töne"), Op. 86
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (2010-03-??&2010-04-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1832

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 102
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (2010-03-??&2010-04-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1837

>Spohr, Louis : Der Matrose, overture to the incidental music for piano, 4 hands, WoO 7
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (2010-03-??&2010-04-??&2010-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838