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

…“Symphony No. 2” is an ambitious work with traces of the influences of Haydn’s “London Symphonies” or early-mid Beethoven. The first movement, a minor allegro, has surprising power and gravitas.

The 9th is an appealing symphony based on the seasonal cycle. It too has plenty of well planned, moving music in the post Beethovenian mode.

…the performances and sound are first-rate. Spohr was no slouch! © 2017 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

The second release in the series of recordings of symphonies by Louis Spohr which appeared, to much critical acclaim, in the early 1990’s on the Marco Polo label. Robert Schumann described the early symphonies as ‘truly beautiful and masterly’, but by the time of Spohr’s death he was composing in a style that had long gone out of fashion. Such was the audience response that he was already a forgotten men before he died in 1859. Yet, as I wrote when reviewing an earlier release, ‘if you put dates and eras out of your thoughts, and just listen with an open mind to these two well-crafted scores, they are of such a pleasing quality’. The eight years that separated the First and Second symphonies saw a major development in his music, by which time he could present himself most favourably to a London audience, a city he was to visit many times. The accompanying booklet relates his life’s deep concerns at the time, but it is essentially a sunny score, the almost dance-like scherzo preceding a bubbling final Vivace. Thirty years were to elapse before we reach the Ninth symphony subtitled, ‘The Seasons’, the work opening in the midst of a cold Winter. As a musical story it is highly enjoyable, though Spohr had stylistically retreated rather than moving forward with the times. Certainly no one could have done more for Spohr’s music than Alfred Walter, one of Europe’s most experienced conductors when the disc was recorded in 1992. He drew playing from the Slovak State Philharmonic that would evince their pleasure at discovering and playing the music, and I think you will also be surprised at the very high quality of sound achieved almost a quarter of a century ago. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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