LOUIS SPOHR (1784-1859): Symphonies No. 1 in E Flat, Op. 20 and No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 49, Grand Concert Overture in F, WoO 1.
Catalogue Number: 10J040
Reference: CDA 67616
Description: Not described as the beginning of a complete cycle, this new release offers the relaxed and expansive, now and then Mozartian First of 1811 and the Second of 1820, written for the Philharmonic Society in London. Still Classical in nature, there are fewer influences (a bit of Haydn in the humorous second subject in the finale) and more of Spohr's mature style. The world premiere recording is of the six-minute overture, an unpublished piece of 1819, contemporaneous with the about-to-be-written Second. Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; Howard Shelley.