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Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6 (Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6/ Overture To The Fall Of Babylon) [CD]

Howard Shelley Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: orchestra della svizzera italiana
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Composer: Louis Spohr
  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B003097AEW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture: Andante - Allegro Moderato
2. Movement 1: Andante Grave - Allegro
3. Movement 2: Larghetto
4. Movement 3: Scherzo - Trio
5. Movement 4: Allegro
6. Movement 1: Bach-Handel'sche Periode 1720. Largo Grave - Allegro Moderato - Pastorale - Tempo I
7. Movement 2: Haydn-Mozart'sche Periode 1780. Larghetto
8. Movement 3: Beethoven'sche Periode 1810. Scherzo - Trio
9. Movement 4: Allerneueste Periode 1840. Allegro Vivace

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Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Howard Shelley, direction

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Howard Shelley has a strong feeling for the varieties and subtleties of Sphor's symphonic style,and steers the necessary course between parody and genuine appreciation. --Gramophone,June 2010

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Despite his importance in the history of early nineteenth century music, both in German speaking lands and in Victorian Britain, the extensive oeuvre of Louis Spohr for the most part fell out of favour after his death and only some of his finely-crafted and attractive chamber music survived in the performing and, later, recording repertoire. It is in the last couple of decades that his cycle of ten symphonies have seen a renaissance; Marco Polo led the way in the 1990s and there are, as I write, two ongoing alternative cycles from CPO and Hyperion.

The symphonies themselves veer between experimental, programmatic works and pieces without any extra-musical content. In his "abstract" music, Spohr attempted to find an alternative to the symphonic style of Beethoven, taking as his model Mozart at his most lyrical. All the symphonies are variable in quality but the third, in C minor (a genteel riposte to Beethoven's own C minor, fifth symphony?) is one of his finest - perhaps the finest of the whole cycle, to my mind. Whereas Spohr's Mozartian first symphony had been a polished and euphonious homage to the past, the third symphony bears the stamp of the early Romantic movement; the opening 'allegro' may well remind you of Mendelssohn's own third symphony, which was to follow some years later. Spohr apparently felt that his music had been unfairly characterised as "melancholy" and there are indeed elements of that mood here (especially in the slow introduction, which returns in the development section, a rather lacklustre "innovation" that serves little effective purpose) but they are balanced successfully with a more optimistic sounding second subject in the woodwind. It is a beautifully judged and crafted movement that builds to an effective climax in its coda.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Stuff 15 Sep 2012
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I am an admirer of Howard Shelley and have several of his CD's of rare Piano Concertos. I like some of Spohr's music and I think that his four clarinet concertos are lovely works. Unfortunately this disc is very dull. Most of the music sounds as if Spohr wrote it in his sleep. The Overture is weary and I am glad that I do not have to sit through all of the oratorio 'The Fall of Babylon. 'The symphonies are very uninspired too. I do not think that the sound helps because, like the music, it is too cosy and warm. I feel that the side drum should be far more evident in the overture to brighten up the texture, and similarly the finale of Symphony No. 6 could do with more brilliance from the cymbals and all-round panache in the performance.
I enjoy exploring little known music and have many such works on CD's, but I am afraid I can not award this disc more than two stars.
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