Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spohr, Louis. (1784-1859) Concertos for two Violins, No. 1 & 2. (Top recommendation, Sound & Performance)

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 10-3-2010.
Second listen: 7-2-2012.
Third listen: 5-4-2017.
Label: Naxos.
Recording dates:  February 2008.
Recording venue: Jar church, Oslo, Norway.
Recording engineer: Sean Lewis.
Running time: 57:02.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.
Top recommendation: Sound & Performance.

Works performed:
Concertante No. 1 in A major, opus 48, No. 2 in B minor, opus 88.
Violin duet in G major, opus 3, No. 3.

Works performed by:
Henning Kraggerud & Øyvind Bjorå, Violins.
Oslo Camerata and Barratt Due Chamber Orchestra, Stephan Barratt Due.

I can be very short about this disc, in saying that this is essential for all Spohr admirers. This composer is far better as many a classical music lover thinks. It is true that he stood somewhat in the shadow of bigger names, but that does not diminish the greatness of his compositions. In the case of the works on this disc I think them the very best Spohr produced in his career. They have indeed a classical sensibility that pulls the concertanti high up above many other works produced during his lifetime.
There are so many glittering solo passages and mouth dropping moments and superb interplay between the violinists, that you cannot stop wondering why Spohr is relatively unknown to most. He never gets over emotional, his melodies are always clean but delicately poised, and his harmonies are mouth watering.  And then two soloist that are enjoying themselves immensely, and are well equipped to bring out all excellence Spohr put in. Their interplay is smashingly impressive. Just sample the Violin duet and you know exactly what I mean. This to me unknown orchestra is doing a fine job too. Sean Lewis made an almost State of the Art recording.





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