Friday, August 31, 2012

Spohr: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5

'[Shelley] exhibits a keen understanding of Spohr’s music and also has the ability to effectively communicate this to his orchestra…playing is clean, clear and crisp – with tempos that allow the music to unfold comfortably. The aural perspective mimics concert hall realism, but it also allows for Spohr’s lovely wind coloration too. The result is another Hyperion release that offers us further insight into the process of Spohr’s symphonic development' --Fanfare, USA

'The Fifth Symphony … carries a weightier burden of grief in the wake of some personal losses … especially in the Larghetto, a dark movement beautifully scored with low strings and sombre brass … Howard Shelley and his orchestra give it a fresh and vivid performance' --International Record Review

'Here is a follow-up to the recording of Louis Spohr's first two symphonies that I praised last October … There's a lovely anticipation of 'Forest Murmurs' from Wagner's Siegfired; similarly, the Larghetto of Symphony No 5 might put you in mind of Mendelssohn's Scotch Symphony. Shelley gets both delicacy and passion from the excellent orchestra' --Classic FM Magazine

'Shelley's triumphant achievement … Expert engineering and highly informative notes complete a handsome presentation that suggests this will be a landmark cycle in the burgeoning recorded legacy of Louis Spohr' --American Record Guide

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