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Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, August 2017

The imaginative Walter—hardly a well recognised name—keeps things moving. He is not one to go for idle or tick-over. The impression he leaves is that this music matters to him.

This is a good and inexpensive introduction to this composer in all his Biedermeier finery. Feel confident about embarking on your orchestral Spohr exploration here. The Seventh is a delight. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2017

…nicely performed by Alfred Walter and the Slovak State Philharmonic.

The Symphony No. 7 is subtitled “The Earthly and Divine in Human Life.” …The music abandons the expectations of the typical symphonic sequence and form for a more freely expressive approach depicting the dynamic of the two forces in our lives. It unveils long thematic unfoldings somewhat akin to Schubert in the last symphonies, but it follows Spohr’s post-Beethoven trajectory as we have come to hear it in the other symphonies.

No. 8 has more of the traditional four movement symphony going for it. …It has the dramatic dynamic of the Spohr symphonic way and it absorbs and envelopes the listener in all the ways Spohr can do. © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2017

The fifth and final disc in the complete symphonies by Louis Spohr which had appeared in the early 1990’s, and to much critical acclaim, on the Marco Polo label. His works had been much admired during his lifetime, Robert Schumann being among the many who wrote admiring words about his symphonies, though by the time he wrote the Eighth and penultime work in 1847, he was still working in a style that had simply gone out of fashion. Yet listen to the Seventh, with its translated subtitle, ‘The Earthly and Divine in Human Life’, and you cannot but admire his ability to write an abundance of attractive melodies. The orchestration is pure Mendelssohn, the opening movement straight from a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and is captivating. The sentimental beauty of the central Larghetto is pure musical escapism, the finale, a musical trial between good and evil, is something of an anticlimax, the quiet ending finding us in peaceful heaven. The Eighth also promises much in the ‘cut and thrust’ of the opening movement; a gentle breeze blowing through the following Adagio; the scherzo more dramatic than happy, while the finale is one of dynamic contrasts. At the helm, as in previous volumes, is the much lamented Alfred Walter, one of Europe’s most experienced conductors, who drew playing from the Slovak State Philharmonic that shows them as a well balanced ensemble who can produce the rich tapestry required. Even by today’s standards the sound quality is very good. © 2017 David’s Review Corner

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