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« on: June 22, 2022, 12:19:12 pm »

Ludewig Spohr was born in Brunswick in 1784. He became one of the great masters, and gave us ten superb symphonies.

Here is his Symphony no. 1, in E flat, which appeared in 1811.

There are four movements:

1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Larghetto con moto
3. Scherzo: Allegro
4. Finale: Allegretto

The work was performed by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, conducted by Howard Shelley.

https://ulozto.net/file/p1rcmWvuX9iE/spsy1-flac

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 05:23:38 am »

The second in Ludewig Spohr's grand series of symphonies is in D minor and appeared in 1820 as opus 49. It has four movements:

1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo: Presto
4. Finale: Vivace

Again it was given by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Howard Shelley:

https://ulozto.net/file/gZO32D5KD02o/spsy2-flac

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2022, 05:29:42 am »

Spohr's third grand symphony, opus 78, appeared in 1828 and is in the key of C minor. It has four movements:

1. Andante Grave; Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo; Trio
4. Allegro

Again it was given by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Howard Shelley:

https://ulozto.net/file/lDYWGFJrg18L/spsy3-flac

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2022, 06:43:33 am »

Spohr's fourth symphony is in F major and bears the title "Die Weihe der Töne" - "The Consecration of Sounds". It appeared in 1832 as his opus 86.

There are four movements:

1. Largo - Allegro
2. Andantino - Allegro
3. Tempo di Marcia
4. Larghetto - Allegro

Again it was given by the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana under Howard Shelley:

https://ulozto.net/file/UVD9uvWSv10S/spsy4-flac

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2022, 10:20:43 pm »

I do like allot of Spohr's music! Symphonies 1,3 and 4 are,particularly,fine! I have  heard that his symphonies lack depth. Well,okay you won't find Beethovenian profoundness. But Spohr was famous and widely performed in his day for a reason. He was a superb orchestrator & his music,once you get to know it,has a distinctive sound world unlike any of his contemporaries. He's also one of the warmest,happiest composers I have ever heard. His symphonies just seem to bubble with high spirits. His chamber music is excellent,too. A lovely composer. Howard Shelley's recordings for the Hyperion label are very good;but I must admit I,marginally,prefer Howard Griffiths Cpo cycle. Spohr deserves a reappraisal in the concert hall,too! His best music would just the ticket to lift the spirit of audiences in these glum times! The 'critics' would pick holes no doubt?! But when I think of the kind of pretentious,tripe they like?!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 05:38:36 am »

Spohr's fifth symphony is - like van Beethoven's - in C minor; it appeared in 1837 as opus 102.

There are four movements:

1. Andante - Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo
4. Presto

And it was again performed by Howard Shelley conducting the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

https://ulozto.net/file/69U3DpXjvhVm/spsy5-flac

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2022, 11:42:17 am »

Another fine symphony by Spohr. People will say,it's not as good or profound as Beethoven's. Apart from the fact that not many symphonies are,does every symphony have to be epoch making to be an enjoyable or satisfying listen? Again,Spohr has his own individual sound world all his own. Some of the orchestration for No 5 is quite gorgeous. I would even go so far as to describe it as exquisite (the woodwind chirruping like birdsong). If there was a Mr Happy of classical music,Spohr's the man! His music has a genial,contented demeanour which just doesn't go down very well in these cynical times. Lovely music! :)
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2022, 01:50:51 am »

Spohr's sixth symphony is rather different, in that the first three movements take on the style of earlier periods. It is entitled "Historische Symphonie im Styl und Geschmack vier verschiedener Zeitabschnitte" - historical symphony in the style, and to the taste, of four diverse eras.

It appeared in 1839 as opus 116. There are four movements, marked:

1. Bach-Handel'sche Periode 1720: Largo Grave
2. Haydn-Mozart'sche Periode 1780: Larghetto
3. Beethoven'sche Periode 1810: Scherzo
4. Allerneueste Periode (very latest period) 1840: Allegro vivace

It was performed by Howard Shelley with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

https://ulozto.net/file/sHA6Feey7bis/spsy6-flac

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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2022, 01:52:43 am »

The first movement is Largo grave - Allegro moderato - Pastorale - Tempo I
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2022, 08:44:53 am »

Ludewig Spohr's ninth symphony bears the name "Die Jahreszeiten" (the Seasons). It is a name that many composers chose to give their efforts.

It is in B minor and appeared in 1850. This version was broadcast by Czech radio. No doubt other members can give us details of the movements and tempi.

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https://ulozto.net/file/TGz8UYPapx3P/sposyni-rar

The password is "again".

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2022, 06:16:47 pm »

At your service. The sections/movements of Spohr's 9th Symphony are:

Part I.:Der Winter:Allegro maestoso
Part I.:Der Ubergang zum Fruhling:L´istesso tempo
Part I.:Der  Fruhling:Moderato

Part II.:Der Sommer:Largo
Part II.:Enleitung zum Herbst:Allegro vivace
Part II.:Der Herbst:L´istesso tempo
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