Spohr, Louis (1784-1859)
Spohr in 1836. Portrait by Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Theodor Roux (1806-1880)

Louis Spohr

born: 5 April 1784
died: 22 October 1859
country: Germany

Spohr was born in the north German city of Brunswick on 5 April 1784, the first child of Carl Heinrich Spohr, a doctor who was a pioneer of homeopathic medicine, and his wife, Juliane Ernestine Luise, daughter of the Lutheran minister at the city’s main church. Both parents were keen amateur musicians and at the age of five young Louis was given his first violin, an instrument that still survives in the Brunswick state museum. He made considerable progress on it during his childhood studies and at the age of fifteen joined the Duke of Brunswick’s court orchestra before going on to establish himself as the leading German violinist of his day. When only twenty-one he won his first major post with his appointment as music director at the court of Gotha (1805–12), before moving on to positions in Vienna (1813–15), Frankfurt (1817–19) and finally Kassel (1822–57), where he died on 22 October 1859 nearly two years after his retirement. Spohr also made many concert tours throughout Europe with his first wife, the harp virtuoso Dorette Scheidler, including a long-awaited trip through Italy in 1816–17 and a visit to Paris in 1820–21.

from notes by Keith Warsop © 2011

Albums

Spohr & Onslow: Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67947Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Spohr, Mysliveček & Viotti: Violin Concertos
CDA66840Archive Service
Spohr: Clarinet Concertos Nos 1 & 2
CDA67509
Spohr: Clarinet Concertos Nos 3 & 4
CDA67561
Spohr: Double Quartets
CDD220142CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Spohr: Octet & Nonet
CDA66699
Spohr: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2
CDA67616
Spohr: Symphonies Nos 3 & 6
CDA67788
Spohr: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
CDA67622
Spohr: Symphonies Nos 7 & 9
Studio Master: CDA67939Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Spohr: Symphonies Nos 8 & 10
CDA67802
Echoes of a Waterfall
CDH55128Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
CDS44501/9899CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 17 – Liszt at the Opera II
CDA66571/22CDs
Mysliveček, Viotti & Spohr: Violin Concertos
CDA66840Archive Service
Onslow & Spohr: Piano Sonatas
Studio Master: CDA67947Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs
The Clarinet in Concert
CDD220172CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Viotti, Spohr & Mysliveček: Violin Concertos
CDA66840Archive Service

Complete works available for download

Clarinet Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 26Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 57Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in F minor, WoO19Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 4 in E minor, WoO20Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
Double Quartet No 1 in D minor, Op 65The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble
Double Quartet No 2 in E flat major, Op 77The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble
Double Quartet No 3 in E minor, Op 87The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble
Double Quartet No 4 in G minor, Op 136The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble
Erlkönig, Op 154 No 4Gerald Finley (baritone), Marianne Thorsen (violin), Graham Johnson (piano)
Festmarsch in D major, WoO3Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Grand Concert Overture in F major, WoO1Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Introduzione in D major, WoO5Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Mignons Lied 'Kennst du das Land?', Op 37 No 1Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Nonet in F major, Op 31The Gaudier Ensemble
Octet in E major, Op 32The Gaudier Ensemble
Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op 125Howard Shelley (piano)
Potpourri in F major, Op 80Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
Rondoletto in G major, Op 149Howard Shelley (piano)
Symphony No 1 in E flat major, Op 20Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 10 in E flat major, WoO8Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 2 in D minor, Op 49Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 4 in F major 'Die Weihe der Töne', Op 86Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 102Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 6 in G major, Op 116Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 7 in C major 'The earthly and divine in human life', Op 121Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 8 in G major, Op 137Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Symphony No 9 in B minor 'The Seasons', Op 143Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Howard Shelley (conductor)
Variations in B flat major, WoO15Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
Variations in B flat major, WoO15Dame Thea King (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd (conductor)
Variations on 'Je suis encore dans mon printemps', Op 36Susan Drake (harp)
Violin Concerto No 8 in A minor 'in modo di scena cantante', Op 47Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), The Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman (conductor)
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886))
Die Rose – Romance von Louis Spohr [aus dem Singspiel Zemire und Azor], S571Leslie Howard (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Allerneueste Periode 1840: Allegro vivace  
Andante – Allegro moderato  
Autumn. L'istesso tempo  
Bach-Händel'sche Periode 1720: Largo grave – Allegro moderato – Pastorale – Tempo I  
Beethoven'sche Periode 1810: Scherzo – Trio  
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 26 (Spohr)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 57 (Spohr)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in F minor, WoO19 (Spohr)
Clarinet Concerto No 4 in E minor, WoO20 (Spohr)
Das befreite Deutschland, WoO64 (Spohr)
Der Fall Babylons, WoO63 (Spohr)
Der Zweikampf mit der Geliebten, WoO50 (Spohr)
Die Rose – Romance von Louis Spohr [aus dem Singspiel Zemire und Azor], S571 (Liszt/Spohr)
Double Quartet No 1 in D minor, Op 65 (Spohr)
Double Quartet No 2 in E flat major, Op 77 (Spohr)
Double Quartet No 3 in E minor, Op 87 (Spohr)
Double Quartet No 4 in G minor, Op 136 (Spohr)
Erlkönig, Op 154 No 4 (Spohr)
Festmarsch in D major, WoO3 (Spohr)
Final victory of the divine: Presto – Adagio  
Grand Concert Overture in F major, WoO1 (Spohr)
Haydn-Mozart'sche Periode 1780: Larghetto  
Introduzione in D major, WoO5 (Spohr)
Mignons Lied 'Kennst du das Land?', Op 37 No 1 (Spohr)
Nonet in F major, Op 31 (Spohr)
Octet in E major, Op 32 (Spohr)
Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op 125 (Spohr)
Potpourri in F major, Op 80 (Spohr)
Rondoletto in G major, Op 149 (Spohr)
Spring. Moderato – Presto – Moderato  
Summer. Largo  
Symphony No 1 in E flat major, Op 20 (Spohr)
Symphony No 10 in E flat major, WoO8 (Spohr)
Symphony No 2 in D minor, Op 49 (Spohr)
Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 78 (Spohr)
Symphony No 4 in F major 'Die Weihe der Töne', Op 86 (Spohr)
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 102 (Spohr)
Symphony No 6 in G major, Op 116 (Spohr)
Symphony No 7 in C major 'The earthly and divine in human life', Op 121 (Spohr)
Symphony No 8 in G major, Op 137 (Spohr)
Symphony No 9 in B minor 'The Seasons', Op 143 (Spohr)
The age of passion: Larghetto – Allegro moderato  
The world of childhood. Introduzione: Adagio – Allegretto  
Variations in B flat major, WoO15 (Spohr)
Variations on 'Je suis encore dans mon printemps', Op 36 (Spohr)
Violin Concerto No 8 in A minor 'in modo di scena cantante', Op 47 (Spohr)
Wer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind?  
Winter. Allegro maestoso