Howard Griffiths and the NDR Radio Philharmonic continue on their exploration of Louis Spohr’s symphonic works, with Symphonies Nos. 2 and 8. The widespread interest in Louis Spohr is growing and CPO’s series of the symphonic works aim to bring to light one of the most popular German composers in England from the nineteenth century.
Spohr wrote nine symphonies leaving the tenth unfinished. The later symphonies move from the classical style that he had inherited to music with a programmatic element. They remain relative rarities in the concert-hall today. Howard Griffiths once again presents a gripping interpretation informed by historical performance practice.
“Howard Griffiths’s conducting is arguably more cogent than that of either Groves or Marriner pere.” Gramophone on a previous release
“Howard Griffiths and the NDR Radio Philharmonic play the music very well; so well that its chronic lack of contrast and emotional depth can be laid squarely at the feet of the composer. The SACD sonics are also very good.” Classics Today on a previous release