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listen  1. String Quartet No. 31 in A Major, Op. 132: I. Allegro vivace 7:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. String Quartet No. 31 in A Major, Op. 132: II. Adagio 6:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. String Quartet No. 31 in A Major, Op. 132: III. Scherzo: Vivace 6:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. String Quartet No. 31 in A Major, Op. 132: IV. Finale: Allegro molto 7:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. String Quartet No. 36 in G Minor, Op. 157: I. Allegro 7:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. String Quartet No. 36 in G Minor, Op. 157: II. Larghetto 5:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. String Quartet No. 36 in G Minor, Op. 157: III. Menuetto 4:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. String Quartet No. 36 in G Minor, Op. 157: IV. Finale: Allegro molto 3:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Potpourri No. 4 in B Major, Op. 2410:16Album Only

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  • Performer: Jaroslav Krasnikov, Sofia Krasnikova, Olga Zhmaeva, Victor Kozodov
  • Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Q
  • Composer: Louis Spohr
  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • ASIN: B004DIPL9K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Louis Spohr composed string quartets throughout his career, the String Quartet No. 36 being his last completed large-scale work, composed in 1857 and modelled on those of Haydn and Mozart. As a result of depression during his later years, Spohr embargoed

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on September 5, 2011
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... composed by Louis Spohr (1784-1859), several are truly exciting, and nearly all are charming and entertaining. Whether any of them are "deathless music" will best be left to the ears of each listener. They are all well-crafted, chiefly in the 'quattuor brillant ' fashion of French chamber music but with significant 'Viennese' influence in terms of motivic development and understated but superb counterpoint.

The two quartets recorded here are from Spohr's last decade of interest in virtuoso music for strings. Quartet #! in A major dates from 1846, and Quartet 36 in G minor, composed in 1857, was Spohr's final effort in the genre. To my ears, neither of them ranks among his most impressive works, though that judgment is a little hard to render because I don't find this performance either vibrant or insightful. The Concertino String Quartet includes four string players from the Moscow Philharmonic. Dare I say they play like orchestral musicians? Bluntly and with conservatory caution about tuning and timbre. The first eleven volumes of this "Marco Polo" label complete Spohr were all performed by the New Budapest Quartet. The difference in affective engagement with the music seems huge to my ears. If you are looking for a start-up with the music of Louis Spohr, I'd recommend any of volumes 7, 8. or 9 for your first listening experience. But wait! Honestly, my favorite Spohr chamber compositions for strings are his works for double quartet and sextet:
Spohr: Double Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2011
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Louis Spohr (1784-1859) is often dismissed these days, possibly because his music is so well-crafted that it sounds simpler than it is. And of course he's pooh-poohed because he's not Beethoven. But who is? Among other things this musical jack-of-all-trades was a virtuoso violinist, conductor, teacher and composer. And he's also remembered for inventing the violin chin rest and popularizing the use of the baton when conducting. Oh, and he also was the first to use letters in scores, saving rehearsal time when a conductor could simply say 'Let's begin again five measures after Letter D.'

He wrote 36 string quartets and this release is the 14th in Marco Polo's complete traversal of the lot. Here we get two genial, tuneful, beautifully constructed quartets that, while they are probably not masterpieces, are entirely enjoyable. Additionally there is a 'Potpourri', a ten-minute quasi-violin concerto. Spohr was a remarkable tunesmith, having the knack of constructing melodies that stick in the aural memory. He was able to manage long forms with skill and both these quartets and the potpourri are examples of that. I enjoyed this release much as I did the earlier issues.

The Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet (unwieldy name, that!) previously recorded Volumes 10, 11 & 12 in the Marco Polo Spohr quartet series. They specialize in playing rarities of the quartet literature. The quartet's members are Jaroslav Krasnikov and Sofia Krasnikova, violins, Olga Zhmaeva, viola and Victor Kozodov, cello.

Scott Morrison
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