Spohr - Symphonies 7 & 8 | Naxos 8555527

Spohr - Symphonies 7 & 8

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8555527

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th February 2017



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.

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