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Double Quartet No 3 in E minor, Op 87
composer
December 1832/January 1833

Recordings
'Spohr: Double Quartets' (CDD22014)
Spohr: Double Quartets
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Movement 1: Adagio – Allegro
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Movement 2: Andante con variazioni
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Movement 3: Scherzo: Allegro
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Movement 4: Finale: Allegro molto
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Double Quartet No 3 in E minor, Op 87
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The Third Double Quartet, in E minor, was composed during December and January 1832/3 and, following the usual practice, was first given at one of Spohr’s regular string quartet circles. Perhaps it was this work that Sterndale Bennett heard at a similar soirée in Kassel in 1842: ‘I never heard such playing in my life. He [Spohr] is now nearly sixty years old, but has the greatest energy.’

The grave melancholy of the opening ‘Adagio — Allegro’ pervades much of this predominantly lyrical work, but is partially relieved by the dazzling virtuosity of the ‘Andante con variazioni’. The underlying tension, reflecting perhaps the emergence of a deep-rooted despondency in the composer caused by growing disillusionment with his position at Kassel, reappears in the form of restless agitation in the Scherzo. The mood changes in the trio (tonic major) as the breezy, wide-ranging melody is tossed from instrument to instrument in the ‘first’ quartet with striking virtuosity. A new mood of resolute optimism appears in the Finale which even the minor-mode second theme, with its insistent triplet figure, cannot dispel.

from notes by Maurice Powell © 1998

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Details for CDD22014 disc 2 track 4
Finale: Allegro molto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-86-14204
Duration
7'15
Recording date
16 June 1984
Recording venue
St Barnabas's Church, North Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Spohr: Double Quartets Nos 3 & 4 (CDA66142)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 1987
    Deletion date: April 1998
    Superseded by CDD22014
  2. Spohr: Double Quartets (CDD22014)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: April 1998
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