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

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'Spohr: Double Quartets' (CDD22014)
Spohr: Double Quartets
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Movement 1: Allegro
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Movement 2: Larghetto
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Movement 3: Scherzo: Moderato – Trio
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Movement 4: Finale: Vivace
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Double Quartet No 4 in G minor, Op 136
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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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