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Spohr: Symphonies Nos.8/ 10 [CD]

Louis Spohr, Howard Shelley Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
  • Conductor: Howard Shelley
  • Composer: Louis Spohr
  • Audio CD (31 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B004G7FFBM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture to Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten WoO50 - Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana
2. Symphony No 8 in G major Op 137 - Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana
3. Symphony No 10 in E flat major WoO8 - Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana

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These performances-crisp,clear and affectionate-are well recorded and make for pleasing listening,not least Sphor's symphonic swan-song.Anyone new to Sphor's symphonies would do well to start here. --IRR,Jan'11

If you want to explore the symphonies of this unjustly negelected composer,you'll find no better performances than these:expertly judged and well argued by Shelley and his team.Revealing and worth explorong. **** --Classic FM Magazine,Mar'11

The Romantic sensationalist turned back to older styles for his later symphonies.The recording is clear and lucid, and does justice to the excellent Overture to Die Zweikanpf mit der Geliebten,Sphor's third opera. --Gramophone,Mar'11

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Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana - Howard Shelley, direction

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a wider audience! 24 Feb 2011
By ik_49
Format:Audio CD
There are now 4 volumes of Spohr's symphonies in this excellent Hyperion series. For me this is the best disc by far. Spohr's music deserves a wider audience and if you ar looking for an introduction this disc won't disappoint. The disc begins with the overture 'Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten' - The Lovers Dual! This is a worthy inclusion but the highlight is the Symphony No.8, which Howard Shelley and the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland really do justice to. The lyrical 3rd movement with Anthony Flint on Violin is very expressive and wonderfully played. Spohr allows each of the instruments of the orchestra to shine, in both this symphony and the No.10 (the last piece on this disc) which apparently he wouldn't allow to be published in his own lifetime.

Good listening and fine recording quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poor old Spohr 6 April 2011
By Stephen
Format:Audio CD
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.
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