Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spohr, Louis. Orchestral Works. Symphony No. 7 & 9.

From my collection.
Bought in January 2017.
First listen: 3-2-2017.
Second listen: 23-2-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: April 2011 & February 2012.
Recording venue: Großer Sendesaal des NDR Landesfunkhaus, Hannover Germany.
Recording engineer: Martin Lohmann.
Running time: 70:48.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:

Symphony No. 7, opus 121 in C major.
(Irdisches und Göttliches im Menschenleben)

Symphony No.9, opus 143 in B minor.
(Die Jahreszeiten)

Erinnerung an Marienbad.
(Walzer für kleines Orchester opus 89)

Performed by:
NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Howard Griffiths.

This ongoing series of Spohr's Symphonies has been an ongoing success with me. Griffiths is a fine conductor handling a gorgeous body of musicians, and make the music sound fabulous. Both works on this CD belong to the best this composer produced. Such a concentrated effort of creativity couched in wonderful notes, creates a world that will surprise you at any angle. The detailing in the score is such that I had my ears constantly pricked up, just not to miss any of those instrumental details abundantly dominant in the music. The melodies that come out of the fingers of Spohr in both works cements for me the musical standing of him in the history and place he has. It has this fine filigree layer of seemingly tiny musical details that makes both symphonies much more as at first listen. The harmony and musical balance match all esthetical wishes, so I recommend this CD quite strongly. The recording is excellent as is the performance.




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