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Spohr: Complete String Quintets Vol 4 / New Haydn Quartet

Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223600   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Spohr
Performer:  Péter SárosiJános HorváthGyörgy PorzoltGábor Magyar,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though it's difficult to imagine Spohr's music ever regaining the popularity and high prestige it enjoyed during his lifetime, recordings of much of his enormous output are now available. This 1996 programme features two substantial late works. The G minor Quintet has an anxious, troubled character, powerfully established at the beginning, and recurring in the restless Minuet, an interesting piece full of unsettling harmonic ambiguities. The Larghetto is a beautiful movement, too, though it recalls Spohr's hero, Mozart, rather too precisely (the Quintet, K593). The first movement's dark mood, however, dissipates a bit too easily in the coda, and the G major barcarolle finale, though brilliantly and richly written for strings, still presents Read more a rather weak conclusion.

The Sextet is another matter: consistently inspired, highly imaginative and satisfying. The expansive first movement, like a wide landscape with deep, glowing colours, is followed by a slight but charming Larghetto and then an original combination of Moderato scherzo, veering between A minor and major, and rollicking C major finale. The Potpourri for solo violin and quartet, written 40 years earlier, is a delightful, quaint piece, containing variations on a Russian melody and on 'La ci darem' from Don Giovanni.

The New Haydn Quartet and colleagues play confidently, with strong, expressive, well blended tone and rhythmic verve. There are places - the Sextet's finale is one - where I wondered whether a lighter, more pointed style might have served the music better, but in general I can't imagine the composer being other than delighted.

-- Duncan Druce, Gramophone [6/2006]
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Strings no 7 in G minor, Op. 144 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Péter Sárosi (Violin), János Horváth (Violin), György Porzolt (Viola),
Gábor Magyar (Cello), Sándor Papp (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 31 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Sextet for Strings in C major, Op. 140 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  György Porzolt (Viola), Tamás Varga (Cello), Péter Sárosi (Violin),
Gábor Magyar (Cello), János Horváth (Violin), Sándor Papp (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Kassel, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 23 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Potpourri for Violin no 2 in B flat major on themes by Mozart, Op. 22 by Louis Spohr
Performer:  Attila Falvay (Violin), János Horváth (Violin), Péter Sárosi (Violin),
György Porzolt (Viola), Gábor Magyar (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Haydn Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1807; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Unitarian Church, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 13 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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