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Spohr: Complete Clarinet Concertos / Maria du Toit, clarinet

Album Summary

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in C minor, Op. 26
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in E minor, WoO 20
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57
>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in F minor, WoO 19
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

  • Composer Ludwig Spohr was an early proponent of Romanticism in music and an often innovative composer
  • These four concerti are cornerstones of the clarinet literature
  • Clarinetist Maria du Toit, a gifted and exciting musician, is smartly supported in these new recordings by South Africa's finest orchestra, the Cape Philharmonic, directed by Arjan Tien.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
She plays with terrific clarity and exceptional technique, including an impressive exhibition of circular breathing that solves many of Spohr's thorny passages. She renders the seemingly endless cantabile phrases with great direction and color, and she maintains her artistic devotion to the music through even the most severe flurry of notes. Her partnership with the orchestra is outstanding, ranging from lead character to background character, from forceful soloist to murmuring accompaniment. The Cape Philharmonic musicians treat each concerto as an important symphonic work, and Spohr enchants the listener as one of the most dashing stage composers of his time. The winds are consistently excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Cape Town, South Africa (04/2013).



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Works Details

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in C minor, Op. 26
  • Performer: Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Arjan Tien
  • Ensemble: Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1808

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in E minor, WoO 20
  • Performer: Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Arjan Tien
  • Running Time: 25 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1828

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 2 in E flat major, Op. 57
  • Performer: Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Arjan Tien
  • Notes: Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Cape Town, South Africa (01/08/2013/04/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1810

>Spohr, Louis : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in F minor, WoO 19
  • Performer: Maria Toit (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Arjan Tien
  • Running Time: 25 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1821