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Spohr: Symphonies, Vol 1 / Howard Griffiths

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 10 in E flat major, WoO 8 (incomplete)
>Spohr, Louis : Grand Concert Overture in F major, WoO 1
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

During the first half of the nineteenth century Louis Spohr gained more notice and recognition than any other composer besides Beethoven. After Beethoven’s death in March 1827, Spohr was even regarded as the greatest living composer among large segments of the European public interested in music. "Who else is there now to write symphonies?" asked the leading music critic Friedrich Rochlitz so very rhetorically in 1828; the idea was that Spohr was to continue what Beethoven had begun. Howard Griffiths is now beginning a complete recording of Spohr’s symphonies with the NDR Radio Philharmonic on the basis of a new edition of the scores. One marvelous side effect is that the Symphony No. 10, withheld by Spohr, is now celebrating its world premiere.

Classics Today
Howard Griffiths and the NDR Radio Philharmonic play the music very well; so well that its chronic lack of contrast and emotional depth can be laid squarely at the feet of the composer. The SACD sonics are also very good.



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (03/12/2007-03/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1828

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 10 in E flat major, WoO 8 (incomplete)
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (02/06/2006-02/08/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Spohr, Louis : Grand Concert Overture in F major, WoO 1
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Ensemble: North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhauses (03/12/2007-03/13/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1819