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Track(s) taken from CDD22017
Recording details: October 1988
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Mark Vigars
Release date: November 1989
Total duration: 7 minutes 40 seconds

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

Other recordings available for download
Michael Collins (clarinet), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Robin O'Neill (conductor)
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in Weimar but during rehearsals Spohr came to the conclusion that it was a dramatic failure and managed to get it withdrawn.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


Other albums featuring this work
'Spohr: Clarinet Concertos Nos 1 & 2' (CDA67509)
Spohr: Clarinet Concertos Nos 1 & 2

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