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LOUIS SPOHR  

(1784 - 1859)

The name of Louis Spohr remains well known to violinists, many of whom have been brought up to play some at least of his 15 violin concertos. He was born in Brunswick in 1784 and established himself as a leading virtuoso violinist and as a composer. As a conductor he made use of a baton, a practice unusual at the time and one that alarmed orchestral players in London, who anticipated aggressive intentions. From 1822 until his death in 1859 he was director of music at Kassel, a position initially offered him on the suggestion of Weber. His compositions include a number of works featuring violin and harp that were written for himself and his wife, the harpist Dorette Scheidler.

Orchestral Music

Symphonies

Spohr completed nine symphonies, leaving a tenth unfinished. The later symphonies illustrate his move from the Classical style that he had inherited to music with a programmatic element. They remain relative rarities in the concert hall today.

Concertos

Spohr wrote 15 violin concertos, the first completed in 1803 and the last in 1844. The best known of these is probably No. 8, which incorporates an operatic element. Other concertos include two double violin concertos and four concertos for clarinet. The latter are an important and popular part of solo clarinet repertoire and were written for the clarinettist Johann Simon Hermstedt.

Chamber Music

Spohr wrote some three dozen string quartets, an Octet, four double string quartets and seven quintets in addition to a number of violin duos of principal interest to teachers. The best known of his works for chamber ensemble is the Nonet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Choral Music and Song

Spohr responded to the current fashion for oratorio, and also wrote other sacred and secular choral works. His 90 songs are an interesting if neglected element of German vocal repertoire.

Stage Works

Operas by Spohr, now generally neglected, include Jessonda among the better known. He also composed an opera on the subject of Faust.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Violin Concertos Naxos 8.501058

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEETHOVEN: Romances Nos. 1 and 2 / SPOHR: Violin Concerto No. 8 / VIOTTI: Violin Concerto No. 3 Dynamic
CDS522
Concertos
BERCEUSE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556610
Concertos
BRUCH, M.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Romances / SPOHR, L.: Violin Concerto No. 8 (Heifetz) (1951-1954) Naxos Historical
8.111371
Concertos
Chamber Music (Romantic 19th Century) - SCHUBERT, F. / WEBER, C.M. von / SPOHR, L. / BRAHMS, J. / GRIEG, E. / SCHUMANN, R. / BOCCHERINI, L. Capriccio
C49010
Chamber Music
Choral Music - BORTNIANSKY, D. / SCHUBERT, F. / BRUCKNER, A. / BRUCH, M. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SILCHER, F. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C67136-38
Opera
Clarinet and Orchestra Marco Polo
8.223431
Orchestral
Flute and Harp (Grauwels, Michel) Marco Polo
8.220441
Chamber Music
GREAT VIOLIN CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501058
Concertos
Harp Recital: Hofmann, Marion – HANDEL, G.F. / BACH, C.P.E. / SPOHR, L. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / TOURNIER, M. / SALZEDO, C. / BRITTEN, B. Capriccio
C10165
Instrumental
Harp Recital: Suss, Margit-Anna - SPOHR, L. / BACH, J.S. / HAYDN, F.J. / HAMEL, P.M. / HINDEMITH, P. (Suss Solo) Campanella Musica
C130175
Instrumental
LACHNER: Symphony No. 1 / SPOHR: Symphony No. 2 Marco Polo
8.220360
Orchestral
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Concertos
MOZART, W.A.: Duos for Violin and Viola - K. 423, 424 / SPOHR, L.: Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13 (Weithaas, Zimmermann) Capriccio
C71106
Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 / SPOHR, L.: Violin Concerto No. 8 (Nishizaki, Lamsma, Gunzenhauser, P. Gallois) Naxos
8.572946
Concertos
MUSIC FOR SOLO HARP Naxos
8.555791
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 10 Naxos
8.556824
Concertos
Opera Arias (Bass): Hawlata, Franz - GOUNOD, C.-F. / SPOHR, L. / SCHUMANN, R. / MEYERBEER, G. / MUSSORGSKY, M.P. / BOITO, A. Capriccio
C10878
Opera
Orchestral Music - MANNER, F. / SPOHR, L. / LABITZKY, J. / KRUTTNER, T. / SMETANA, B. / HOCH, T. (Cologne West German Radio Orchestra, Walter) Capriccio
C10848
Orchestral
ROZSA / SPOHR: Violin Concertos / TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade melancolique (Heifetz) (1954-56) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80201
Concertos
SOR / GIULIANI / SCHUBERT / SPOHR / WEBER: Music for Soprano and Guitar BIS
BIS-CD-293
Vocal
SPOHR / DONIZETTI / KRUMPHOLZ / HOVHANESS: Music for Flute and Harp BIS
BIS-CD-143
Instrumental
SPOHR, L.: Concertantes Nos. 1 and 2 / Duet in G Major, Op. 3, No. 3 (Kraggerud, Bjora, Oslo Camerata, Baratt Due Chamber Orchestra, Barratt-Due) Naxos
8.570840
Concertos, Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: Concerto for String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 131 / Clarinet Concerto No. 3 (Hammerla, Jochum) (1951) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80960
Concertos, Orchestral
SPOHR, L.: Double String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Forde Ensemble) - Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.570963
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: Faust [Opera] Capriccio
C60049-2
Opera
SPOHR, L.: Letzten Dinge (Die) (Weil) Capriccio
C60135
Choral - Sacred
SPOHR, L.: Letzten Dinge (Die) [Oratorio] (S. Matthews, Goeldner, Ovenden, Foster-Williams, Salzburg Bach Choir, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Bolton) Oehms Classics
OC438
Choral - Sacred
SPOHR, L.: Nonet, Op. 31 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Septet, Op. 20 (Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10473
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: Sonatas for Flute and Harp Music (Most, Jones) Naxos
8.572269
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 - Nos. 27 and 28 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223251
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 2 - Nos. 29 and 30 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223252
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 3 - Nos. 1, 2, 5 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223253
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 4 - Nos. 3, 4, 6 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223254
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 5 - Nos. 7 and 8 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223255
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 6 - Nos. 15 and 16 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223256
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 7 - Nos. 11 and 12 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223257
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 8 - Nos. 13 and 14 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223258
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 9 - Nos. 20 and 21 (New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.223259
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 10 - Nos. 24 and 25 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225306
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 11 - Nos. 32 and 34 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225307
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 12 - Nos. 33 and 35 (Moscow Dima Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225316
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 13 - Nos. 9 and 17 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225315
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 14 - Nos. 31 and 36 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225982
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 15 - Nos. 19 and 22 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet, New Budapest Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225981
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 16 - Nos. 23 and 26 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225983
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 17 - Nos. 10 and 18 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet) Marco Polo
8.225352
Chamber Music
SPOHR, L.: Violin Concertos Nos. 6, 8, 11 (Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia, P. Gallois) Naxos
8.570528
Concertos
SPOHR: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 / Potpourri, Op. 80 Naxos
8.550688
Concertos
SPOHR: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 / Fantasia, Op. 81 Naxos
8.550689
Concertos
SPOHR: Music for Violin and Harp, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.555364
Chamber Music
SPOHR: Music for Violin and Harp, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555365
Chamber Music
SPOHR: Piano Trio Op. 119 / Piano Quintet Op. 130 Naxos
8.553206
Chamber Music
SPOHR: Piano Trios Nos. 2 and 4 Naxos
8.553205
Chamber Music
SPOHR: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 5 Naxos
8.553164
Chamber Music
SPOHR: Songs Marco Polo
8.223869
Vocal
SPOHR: String Quintet No. 7 / String Sextet Op. 140 / Potpourri Marco Polo
8.223600
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintet No. 7 / String Sextet, Op. 140 / Potpourri Naxos
8.555968
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintets Nos. 3 and 4 Marco Polo
8.223599
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintets Nos. 3 and 4 Naxos
8.555966
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintets Nos. 5 and 6 Naxos
8.555967
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintets Op. 106, No. 5 and Op. 129, No. 6 Marco Polo
8.223598
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintets Op. 33, Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
8.223597
Chamber Music
SPOHR: String Quintets Op. 33, Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.555965
Chamber Music
SPOHR: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 Marco Polo
8.223363
Orchestral
SPOHR: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 9, 'The Seasons' Marco Polo
8.223454
Orchestral
SPOHR: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6 Marco Polo
8.223439
Orchestral
SPOHR: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 Marco Polo
8.223432
Orchestral
SPOHR: Symphony No. 4 / Faust Overture / Jessonda Overture Marco Polo
8.223122
Orchestral
SPOHR: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 9 Marco Polo
8.223510
Concertos
SPOHR: Violin Concertos Nos. 7 and 12 Marco Polo
8.220406
Concertos
SPOHR: Violin Concertos Nos. 7 and 12 Naxos
8.555101
Concertos
THE BEST OF MARCO POLO Marco Polo
8.223002
Chamber Music
ULTIMATE LULLABY COLLECTION (THE) Naxos
8.570514-15
Concertos
ULTIMATE LULLABY COLLECTION (THE) (Hong Kong Edition 2009) Naxos
8.578060-61
Concertos
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY BAND: In The Spires Altissimo
75442270792
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
VARMA RODA STUNDER - Romantisk Klassisk Musik (Warm Red Hours - Romantic Classical Music) (3CD set) Naxos
8.503038
Concertos
Vocal Recital: Boesiger, Christiane - SCHUBERT, F. / SPOHR, L. / LACHNER, F. / KALLIWODA, J.W. Paladino Music
PMR0054
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Shirai, Mitsuko - SCHUBERT, F. / SPOHR, L. Capriccio
C67198
Vocal




 
 
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