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Donald Macleod explores Spohr's work in Vienna, where he composed a wide range of fine works, struck out on a concert tour of Europe and befriended Beethoven.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Louis Spohr.

Before he had reached the age of 30, Spohr's considerable talent was the talk of Europe. He had left his hometown in provincial Germany and secured a plum job in Vienna, then the centre of the musical universe. Once there, he composed a wide range of fine works, struck out on a concert tour of Europe and founded a great friendship with a chap by the name of Beethoven.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Louis Spohr

    Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas, op 41 no6 (1815)

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) Performer: Hartmut Höll (piano)

    • Orfeo C103 841A.
  • Louis Spohr

    Overture to Faust (1813)

    Performer: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Performer: Christian Frölich (conductor)

    • CPO 999 093-2.
  • Louis Spohr

    Octet in E major op 32 (1814)

    Performer: The Gaudier Ensemble

    • Hyperion CDA66699.
  • Louis Spohr

    String Quartet no 12 in C major, op 45 no1 (1818) 3rd and last movements: Andante Grazioso

    Performer: New Budapest Quartet

    • Marco Polo 8.223257.

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