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Louis Spohr’s string quartets combined the Classical finesse of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven with the early Romantic innovations of the Quatuor brilliant, in which the virtuosic first violin enjoys particular prominence.
Popular with contemporary audiences and influential during the first half of the 19th century, these suavely imaginative chamber works are now once more becoming appreciated for their originality, emotional light and shade, and historical importance.
This volume features the Moscow Philharmonic Concertino Quartet, which also plays on Volumes 10 (8225306) and 11 (8225307).
Louis Spohr: String Quartet No. 9 in F minor, Op. 29, No. 3
II. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro
Louis Spohr: String Quartet No. 17 in G major, Op. 58, No. 3
II. Menuetto: Moderato
III. Adagio molto
IV. Allegro - Adagio molto - Allegro
22nd March 2009
“This is volume 13 of the complete quartets (there are more than 30 of them). Op 58, No 3 (1822), played with vigour and warmth by the Moscow-based Concertino Quartet, is an attractive and interesting piece, with a finale ingeniously combining a G major allegro and a G minor adagio, which, surprisingly, has the last word.”