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Track(s) taken from CDA67509
Recording details: May 2004
Örebro Konserthuset, Örebro, Sweden
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Phil Rowlands
Release date: April 2005
Total duration: 7 minutes 41 seconds

'An outstanding disc, excellently recorded' (Gramophone)

'An outstanding disc, excellently recorded' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Michael Collins … has all the requisite showmanship and panache for Spohr's gymnastic extravagances, [he] colours his tone imaginatively and phrases the lyrical melodies with real finesse' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Michael Collins is one of Britain's Top Guns these days, and he gives a stirring, brilliant performance of these concertos and the interesting and delicious Potpourri and Variations. The orchestra is excellent, with Mr O'Neill providing sympathetic support. Hyperion's sound is some of the best I've heard, rich and deep' (American Record Guide)

'This is excellent material for the aspiring clarinettist or the adventurous collector, and this release also serves as an ideal introduction to this long and unjustly neglected composer' (Fanfare, USA)

Variations in B flat major, WoO15
1809; on a theme from Spohr's opera Alruna; published 1888

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In June 1809 Spohr worked on the Variations in B flat major on a theme from his opera Alruna. This grand Romantic opera, whose subtitle was ‘The Owl-Queen’, had been accepted by Goethe for production in Weimar but during rehearsals Spohr came to the conclusion that it was a dramatic failure and managed to get it withdrawn. Nevertheless, he still thought highly of the music and drew upon it more than once in the future. The theme he chose for this set of variations is the opera’s seventh number, the duet ‘Euer Liebreiz, eure Schönheit’. The theme’s entry is preceded by a slow introduction, and then Hermstedt is put through his paces. Appropriately enough the piece received its premiere in Weimar on 15 January 1810.

from notes by Keith Warsop © 2005
Chairman, Spohr Society of Great Britain

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