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Louis Spohr: Symphonies Nos.7 & 9 / Howard Shelley

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 9 in B minor ("Die Jahreszeiten"), Op. 143
>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 7 in C major ("Irdisches und Gottliches im Menschenleben"), Op. 121
>Spohr, Louis : Introduction to a Festspiel, for orchestra, WoO 5
>Spohr, Louis : Festmarsch, for orchestra in D major, WoO 3
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The music itself is pleasant enough, if unremarkable, sometimes echoing Beethoven (the Pastoral Symphony especially in the Ninth), and showing affinities with Mendelssohn and Schumann elsewhere; the performances are first rate, and the solo horn playing is glorious." -The Guardian

We often talk of the nine symphonies of Beethoven and Bruckner but what about the ten of Spohr? Howard Shelley and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conclude their survey of his symphonies with two that push the boundaries of the genre itself. Symphonies seven and nine are programmatic works, something that Spohr along with Berlioz did much to champion. In the seventh, titled 'The earthly and divine in human life' and inspired by a holiday in Switzerland, he uses not one but two orchestras to great coloristic effect. Spohr's ninth explores that perennial favorite theme of composers from Vivaldi to Glazunov, the seasons (though Spohr starts with winter rather than spring). Shelley also offers the premiere recordings of the brief, powerful Introduzione and the triumphant, at times almost Rossini-ish Festmarsch.

BBC Music Magazine
The performances, like the pieces themselves, are a shade laid-back, but their lack of urgency never seriously detracts from the attractive qualities of this music.

Gramophone Magazine
[Shelley] is at his most sympathetic in Autumn, at home in its atmosphere of hunting and social camaraderie.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (08/16/2011-08/19/2011).



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 9 in B minor ("Die Jahreszeiten"), Op. 143
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Ensemble: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (08/16/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1849-1850

>Spohr, Louis : Symphony no 7 in C major ("Irdisches und Göttliches im Menschenleben"), Op. 121
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (08/16/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841

>Spohr, Louis : Introduction to a Festspiel, for orchestra, WoO 5
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (08/16/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830

>Spohr, Louis : Festmarsch, for orchestra in D major, WoO 3
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Notes: Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (08/16/2011-08/19/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825