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Spohr doesn’t greatly excite British audiences and received a slightly sneering reference in The Mikado, where Gilbert may for once have been influenced positively by Sullivan. The eschatology of Die letzen Dinge is perhaps too polite and un-apocalyptic for some tastes, but its elegance (as in Spohr’s later version of the Seven Last Words) doesn’t militate against deep feeling or reverence. The soloists and choir keep it simple and direct, with no attempt to add fire and brimstone where it wasn’t called for. The result is a very moving ‘Last Things’ that has a real sense of finality and completion.

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