SPOHR

Spohr
Louis Spohr

Louis Spohr

Composer
Lifetime: 1784 - 1859
Country: Germany
Music Period » Classical Era
Music Period » Romantic Era
Louis Spohr · The Last JudgementLouis Spohr · The Last Judgement
Louis Spohr (1784-1859):
The Last Judgement
The oratorio "Die letzten Dinge"
based on verses from the Holy Scripture
in a complete live recording of the original version from 1826, sung in German,
with Miriam Meyer (Soprano), Ursula Eittinger (Mezzo-Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Josef Wagner (Bass),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
A concert recording from the church of the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · c. 81 Minutes
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Spohr'’s second oratorio concerns both:
the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement

This was Spohr’s second oratorio and was written in Kassel between 1825 and 1826. The libretto, in two parts, was by Johann Friedrich Rochlitz (1769-1842) and concerns both the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement. The overture is a powerful utterance, finely put together, and orchestrated adeptly. The choral entries are often arresting, and the accompanied recitatives show awareness of oratorio antecedents but are sufficiently flexible to convince on their own terms. At its best the work impresses through a felicitous sense of word-setting and layering; the choral responses are indeed sensitively shaped. The fourth movement, with a tenor solo and chorus, calls for a repeated ‘Heilig’ and the chorus’s soft, reverential repetition vests the music with great reflectiveness and elegiac quality. Then too Spohr doesn’t stint the opportunities for some good old-fashioned fugal development. Its employment halts the narrative somewhat but is certainly incisive; that in the seventh section is very definitely reminiscent of Handel. Spohr shows in the Sinfonia introduction to the second part just how well he wrote for orchestral forces and in the Babylonian chorus (No.15) demonstrates a sure instinct for the dramatic crest of a movement. In the concluding fugal Hallelujah section he reprises the kind of Handelian statements he’d earlier established in the first part of the oratorio. There are some Mozartian touches here and there, more stentorian Beethovenian ones too, in addition to the sometimes pervasive Handelian aspect. ...

Jonathan Woolf, Musicweb International - www.musicweb-international.com

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Awarded by Qobuz with the "Hi-Res Audio" March 2012.

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The listener is engrossed in what is going on from first note to last

This enterprising German label has recently served up some wonderfully crafted chamber and choral performances and this discovery by Spohr is no exception. Apparently 'The Last Judgement' (Die letzten Dinge - 1825/6) was an extremely popular oratorio in its heyday but it unfortunately fell by the wayside and is little heard today. Spohr treats the text with reverence and respect and although the music rarely rises above the mundane, the soloists and Budday ensure that the listener is engrossed in what is going on from first note to last. This is a worthwhile revival from the Spohr canon which deserves much wider currency.

Gerald Fenech on Classical Net

Vol. 12: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2010-2011Vol. 12: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2010-2011
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Edition
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2010-2011

The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Anniversary Series, Vol. 12

Highlights from
Spohr: The Last Judgement, WoO 61 (June 12 & 13, 2010)
The concert "The Period of Time" (June 20, 2010):
Schop: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort & Lachrimae Pavaen
Telemann: Viola da Gamba Sonata, TWV 41:G6 & Die Zeit, TWV 20:23
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Am neuen Jahre: Er ruft der Sonn und schafft den Mond
The Choral Concert "The Night shines as the Day" (July 3, 2010):
Whitacre: Sleep · Brahms: Guten Abend, gut Nacht (Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4)
The Concert "Concert for Strings, Flute & English Horn" (July 9, 2010):
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 · Stephenson: Concerto for Cor Anglais & String Orchestra
The Piano Recital "Grand Piano Masters ~ Dreamscenes" (June 4, 2011):
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 · Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45 ("London Version") (October 1 & 2, 2011)
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recordings · DDD · Duration: c. 129 Minutes
Digital Album · 24 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
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