Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (CD)

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Artist:
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Walter

Louis Spohr’s innovative approach to symphonic writing began with the programmatic Symphony No. 4 (8555398) and was further broadened by Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 121 which he subtitled ‘The Earthly and Divine in Human Life’.

 

Jettisoning traditional symphonic form, this work is in effect a daring symphonic poem in three movements with a small orchestra representing the ‘divine’ and the full orchestra the ‘earthly’. The more traditional Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 137 – enshrining both tragic lament and sweet serenade – enables us to compare Spohr the innovator with Spohr the formalist.

 

 

 

Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Walter

 

 

 

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Tracklisting:

 

Spohr: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 121 "Irdisches und Göttliches im Menschenleben"

 

I. Kinderwelt (The World of Childhood): Adagio - Allegretto

 

II. Zeit der Leidenschaften (The Age of Passion): Larghetto - Allegro moderato

 

III. Endlicher Sieg des Göttlichen (Final Triumph of the Heavenly): Presto - Adagio

 

Spohr: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 137

 

I. Adagio - Allegro

 

II. Poco adagio

 

III. Scherzo: Allegretto

 

IV. Finale: Allegro

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