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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22014
Recording details: June 1984
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: February 1987
Total duration: 25 minutes 43 seconds

'Ingeniously devised bravura works . . . receive polished adroit playing. You'll find no finer performances than these' (BBC Music Magazine)

Double Quartet No 4 in G minor, Op 136
April/May 1847

Allegro  [7'23]
Larghetto  [5'34]
Finale: Vivace  [5'59]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Third is arguably the finest of the series, but the Fourth Double Quartet, in G minor, written during April and May 1847, most closely matches Spohr’s original conception of the medium. The freshness of invention often lacking in Spohr’s works from the 1840s and onwards is to be found here in full measure. A high level of inspiration is maintained throughout the entire work which is notable for its extraordinary textural richness, rhythmic vitality and ingenious ‘echo’ effects between the two quartets.

from notes by Maurice Powell © 1998

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