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Spohr: Double Quartets no 1 & 2 / Forde Ensemble

> Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65 - I. Allegro
> Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65 - II. Scherzo: Vivace
> Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65 - III. Larghetto
> Double String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65 - IV. Finale: Allegro molto
> Double String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 77 - I. Allegro vivace
> Double String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 77 - II. Menuetto and Trio
> Double String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 77 - III. Larghetto
> Double String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 77 - IV. Allegretto

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Double Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 65
>Spohr, Louis : Double Quartet for Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 77
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Notes & Reviews:

A champion of Haydn's, Mozart's and Beethoven's chamber music, Louis Spohr also made a considerable contribution to this genre, composing 36 string quartets and four double quartets, these latter unique in the repertoire. Spohr harnessed the potential of eight string players, mainly deployed as two groups of four, to create attractive pieces rich in antiphonal interplay, brimming with engaging melodies and shimmering with a high polish. The first, from 1823, pays tribute to Spohr's idol Mozart, while the second, from 1827, integrates the players into a more evenly balanced whole.

”both a solid recording and an eager anticipation of the second volume containing Spohr’s two remaining double quartets.”-Fanfare



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>Spohr, Louis : Double Quartet for Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 65
  • Ensemble: Forde Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mark's Church, Purley, Surrey (01/15/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1823

>Spohr, Louis : Double Quartet for Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 77
  • Ensemble: Forde Ensemble
  • Notes: St Mark's Church, Purley, Surrey (01/15/2008-01/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1827