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A curiosity well worth investigating,
This review is from: Symphony 1/Symphony 2 (Audio CD)
I have had this CD for a long time now but have only just got round to writing a review.
The Spohr is workmanlike but, in my opinion, undistinguished. I would not buy the CD for this.
The Lachner, however, was an eye-opener. I have an interest in the less well-known romantic composers and it is amazing what quality there is in some of their music (you have to dig it out though, a few nuggets amongst a plethora of dross).
I might perhaps best describe Lachner's symphony as being similar to some of those of Raff. Again workmanlike but like Raff occasionally, containing some strong melodies and finely orchestrated. Of Raff's symphonies, I have retained only the 5th in my collection but the Lachner spurred me on to locate more recordings of this composer's music and I have not regretted doing so. All that I have heard to date have been at least worth hearing and occasionally very good but if I had to choose just one piece it would be this symphony.
If, like me, you have an open mind and an interest in the paths less well-trodden, I urge you to investigate this disc and I hope you will not be disappointed.