Symphonies Nos 7 & 9
Louis Spohr

Symphonies Nos 7 & 9

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

CDA 67939 - 0034571179391

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We talk of the nine symphonies of Beethoven and Bruckner but what about the ten of Spohr? Howard Shelley and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conclude their survey of his symphonies with two that push the boundaries of the genre itself. Both Nos 7 and 9 are programmatic works, something that Spohr along with Berlioz did much to champion. In the Seventh, titled ‘The earthly and divine in human life’ and inspired by a holiday in Switzerland, he uses not one but two orchestras to great colouristic effect. His Ninth explores that perennial favourite theme of composers from Vivaldi to Glazunov, the Seasons (though Spohr starts with winter rather than spring). As if that were not enough, Howard Shelley also offers the premiere recordings of a brief, powerful Introduzione and a triumphant, at times almost Rossini-ish,Festmarsch

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Symphony No. 9 in B Minor, 'The Seasons', Op. 143, Pt. 1
    No. 1. Winter. Allegro maestoso
    09:27
  • 2
    Symphony No. 9 in B Minor, 'The Seasons', Op. 143, Pt. 1
    No. 2. Transition to Spring. L'istesso tempo
    00:48
  • 3
    Symphony No. 9 in B Minor, 'The Seasons', Op. 143, Pt. 1
    No. 3. Spring. Moderato – Presto – Moderato
    06:23
  • 4
    Symphony No. 9 in B Minor, 'The Seasons', Op. 143, Pt. 2
    No. 1. Summer. Largo
    06:48
  • 5
    Symphony No. 9 in B Minor, 'The Seasons', Op. 143, Pt. 2
    No. 2. Introduction to Autumn. Allegro vivace
    00:38
  • 6
    Symphony No. 9 in B Minor, 'The Seasons', Op. 143, Pt. 2
    No. 3. Autumn. L'istesso tempo
    06:15
  • 7
    Symphony No. 7 in C Major, 'The Earthly and Divine in Human Life', Op. 121
    I. The World of Childhood. Introduzione. Adagio – Allegretto
    10:41
  • 8
    Symphony No. 7 in C Major, 'The Earthly and Divine in Human Life', Op. 121
    II. The Age of Passion. Larghetto – Allegro moderato
    10:43
  • 9
    Symphony No. 7 in C Major, 'The Earthly and Divine in Human Life', Op. 121
    III. Final Victory of the Divine. Presto – Adagio
    11:02
  • 10
    Introduzione in D Major, WoO 5
    00:52
  • 11
    Festmarsch in D Major, WoO 3
    05:27