Spohr - Clarinet Concertos No.3 & No.4 | Hyperion CDA67561

Spohr - Clarinet Concertos No.3 & No.4


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA67561

Barcode: 0034571175614

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 28th April 2008



Michael Collins (clarinet)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra


Robin OíNeill


Spohr, Louis

Clarinet Concerto no.3 in F minor, WoO19
Clarinet Concerto no.4 in E minor, WoO20


Michael Collins (clarinet)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra


Robin OíNeill


This disc is a long-awaited sequel to Hyperionís disc of Spohrís Clarinet Concertos Nos 1 & 2, recorded by the same forces.

It was at Gotha in the autumn of 1808 that Spohr met the clarinet virtuoso Johann Simon Hermstedt, and the two men hit it off straight away. Spohr immediately began work on his first clarinet concerto.

Hermstedt was so taken by the work that, rather than insisting on the composer modifying some of his more outlandish, and unplayable, demands, he adapted and expanded his instrument to suit the music, thus bringing about important developments in the range and flexibility of the clarinet, expanding it from five keys to thirteen.

Of the four concertos Spohr wrote for Hermstedt, the Third is the most overtly virtuosic, with a fiery restless energy supporting grand, sweeping themes of real distinction. The Fourth ranks among Spohrís finest compositions.

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