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Spohr: Symphonies no 4 & 5, etc / Shelley, et al

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Das befreite Deutschland, cantata in C major, WoO 64
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 4 in F major ("Die Weihe der Tone"), Op. 86
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 102
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this second volume of Louis Spohr's symphonies, Howard Shelley and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana continue their exploration of this enjoyable and little-known repertoire. Venerated in his day as one of the most significant German composers, Spohr (1784-1859) and his music rivaled the popularity of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, until Louis fell out of favor in the latter part of the century. After its first performance, his 'Symphony No. 4' was quickly acclaimed as the composer’s masterpiece.

'Spohr the symphonist repays the attention this disc merits; his programmatic fourth symphony features a slow finale that set a precedent for Tchaikovsky and Mahler, while Shelley and his fine Italian players capture the expressive power of the turbulent fifth' (Observer)

'The Fifth Symphony ... carries a weightier burden of grief in the wake of some personal losses ... especially in the Larghetto, a dark movement beautifully scored with low strings and sombre brass ... Howard Shelley and his orchestra give it a fresh and vivid performance' (International Record Review)

'Here is a follow-up to the recording of Louis Spohr's first two symphonies that I praised last October ... There's a lovely anticipation of 'Forest Murmurs' from Wagner's Siegfired; similarly, the Larghetto of Symphony No 5 might put you in mind of Mendelssohn's Scotch Symphony. Shelley gets both delicacy and passion from the excellent orchestra' (Classic FM Magazine)

'[Shelley] exhibits a keen understanding of Spohr's music and also has the ability to effectively communicate this to his orchestra... playing is clean, clear and crisp - with tempos that allow the music to unfold comfortably. The aural perspective mimics concert hall realism, but it also allows for Spohr's lovely wind coloration too. The result is another Hyperion release that offers us further insight into the process of Spohr's symphonic development' (Fanfare, USA)

'Shelley's triumphant achievement ... Expert engineering and highly informative notes complete a handsome presentation that suggests this will be a landmark cycle in the burgeoning recorded legacy of Louis Spohr' (American Record Guide)



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Das befreite Deutschland, cantata in C major, WoO 64
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Swiss Italian Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/23/2007-04/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1814

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 4 in F major ("Die Weihe der Töne"), Op. 86
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Swiss Italian Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/23/2007-04/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1832

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 102
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Swiss Italian Orchestra
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (04/23/2007-04/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1837