Spohr was perhaps overrated in his day, but posterity has made up for it by relegating him to the ranks of the also-rans. Thanks to Hyperion for letting us evaluate this very worthwhile music for ourselves, especially in such a good recording and performance - Howard Shelley is so good at this sort of thing, whether as pianist or conductor.
This is not Great Music, but it is a treat to hear. The 8th Symphony in particular has really hummable tunes - two lovely lilting ones in the first movement, a good tune for the clarinet in the second, a quirky scherzo with a solo violin playing roulades, and a final movement that sends you away happy. I would love to hear this live.
The overture is decent Romantic stuff. The 10th Symphony is less fine (to my ear) than the 8th, but the first two movements are very good. A strong recommendation.