LOUIS SPOHR (1784-1859): Symphonies, Vol. 3 - No. 1 in E Flat, Op. 20, No. 6 in G, Op. 116 "Historical", Overture in C Minor, Op. 12.
Catalogue Number: 09N024
Reference: 777 179-2
Description: Since it was exactly three years ago that Vol. 2 came out, we were wondering if the Hyperion Spohr series had made cpo decide to discontinue theirs. But no; it continues and will definitely be completed. The relaxed and expansive, now-and-then Mozartian First of 1811 and the misunderstood Sixth (1839), whose representations of Handel/Bach, Haydn/Mozart and Beethoven, culminating in the fourth movement, "music of today", in which he added trombones and percussion to his steadily increasing instrumentation to look obliquely (satirically?) at the massive orchestral effects of French opera and ballet, are joined by an early (1806) overture. His first purely orchestral work (just under six minutes in length), it experiments with structural and musical techniques soon to appear in the first movements of his First and Third symphonies. North German Radio Philharmonic Hannover; Howard Griffiths. SACD hybrid