Spohr: Symphonies Nos 7 and 9 (CD)

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Orchestra della Svissera Italiana, Howard Shelley

Louis Spohr's ten symphonies remain overshadowed by Mozart's forty-one, Beethoven's nine and Mendelssohn's five, yet they share appealing characteristics with those acknowledged masterpieces as well as their own brand of originality which have only recently begun to be appreciated. Spohr's programmatic Seventh and Ninth are among his most intriguing and innovative. The powerful Introduction and Rossini-esque Festival March round off this triumphant conclusion to Howard Shelley's revelatory survey of Spohr's unjustly neglected symphonies.