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Donald Macleod considers how Louis Spohr laid the musical foundations for other more famous composers, such as Berlioz, Bruckner, Strauss and Mahler.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Louis Spohr, considering how he laid the musical foundations for other more famous composers.

If history has not been as generous to Spohr as perhaps it might, one reason could be the high wall of Romanticism that seems to stand between us and the composer. The gracious elegance of Spohr's classicism seems altogether less grand than the gestures that were to follow from the pens of Berlioz, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss and others, who he influenced.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Louis Spohr

    Fourth Symphony op 86 'Die Weihe der Töne' (1832)

    Performer: Budapest SO Performer: Alfred Walter (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223122.
  • Louis Spohr

    Piano Trio no 1 in e minor op 119 (1841)

    Performer: New Munich Piano Trio

    • Orfeo C352 952H.
  • Louis Spohr

    Seventh Symphony in C major op 121 (1841) 'The Earthly and Divine in Human Life' Last (3rd

    Performer: Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Alfred Walter (conductor)

    • Marco Polo 8.223432.

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