My life's brief encounters with Luis Spohr have left me with the
feeling of an indulgent period of dreaming in a comfortable armchair cocooned
in an atmosphere providing anything that might render us mentally drugged
and sanitized. There is almost an urge to capitulate.
It is misleading to make too much of this effect. Firstly, it is my experience
and possibly rare. Much depends on an individual's expectation of music
-- a soothing drug for a journey through an experience that is memorable
for sheer physical impact, or an overwhelming presence of something magisterial.
Spohr first came into my experience years ago with one of those po-faced
cantatas like The Last Judgement. If I deride something that has
a quality I have missed, put it down to a hopelessly muddled musical education.
I acknowledge here performances with a silken sheen and immaculate breeding.
Try them for the music [listen -- track 4, 0:00-1:00].
Copyright © 25 May 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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|Spohr: Complete String Quintets, Volume 1
8.555965 DDD Stereo REISSUE 68'06" 2002 HNH International Ltd
Danubius Quartet; Sándor Papp, viola
Quintet No 1 in E flat Op 33 No 1; Quintet No 2 in G Op 33 No 2