Spohr: Chamber Music for Clarinet, Soprano and Piano

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Louis Spohr was one of the most famous composers in his time, a leading exponent of the emerging Romantic Movement. His works are firmly rooted in the Viennese classical tradition, but the overtly dramatic expression, the rich and sonorous orchestration and the substantial dimension of his compositions gained him the reputation as one of the first truly romantic composers.
Spohr composed extensively for the clarinet, a result of his friendship and creative partnership with Johann Hermstedt, court musician and one of the most acclaimed clarinetists of the period. On this new recording we hear the clarinet solo, accompanied by the piano, in two sets of “Theme and Variations” and a Potpourri on popular opera melodies, tuneful, brilliant and virtuoso music. The main work are the “6 Deutsche Lieder” for soprano, clarinet and piano, the same combination as Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, also sharing the pastoral and lyrical atmosphere of this song.
Performed by soprano Joanna Klisowska (who already recorded a splendid Castelnuovo-Tedesco CD for Brilliant Classics), clarinetist Rocco Parisi (who gave the world premiere of Berio’s Sequenza for clarinet) and pianist Francesco Bissanti.

Composer: Louis Spohr
Artist: Joanna Klisowska (soprano), Rocco Parisi (clarinet), Francesco Bissanti (piano)
A new recording of Spohr’s masterpiece in the field of art-song, complemented by a trio of attractive instrumental rarities.

Though his star has fallen since his death in 1859, Louis Spohr was once commonly ranked alongside the greatest of his contemporaries. Like Beethoven he gained fame in Vienna and wrote prolifically in all the classical genres, but he travelled more widely, and his operas and oratorios won particular acclaim in France and England respectively.

The soprano Joanna Klisowska features on a well-received Brilliant Classics album of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (95282), in the first complete recording of his late cycle The Divan of Moses Ibn Ezra: ‘Polish soprano Joanna Klisowska shows considerable empathy with the spirit of these exquisitely conceived and moving songs. She has the most mellifluous tone, delivering consistently perfectly controlled, pointed and affectingly expressive, arching legato lines, so many in high registers.’ MusicWeb International

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Tracklist:

Louis Spohr:
00:00 Andante mit Variationen, Op. 34

6 Deutsche Lieder, Op. 103:

08:57 I. Sei still mein Herz
13:47 II. Zwiegesang
15:52 III. Sehnsucht
19:07 IV. Wiegenlied
21:50 V. Das heimliche Leid
25:53 VI. Wach auf

28:42 Theme & Variations on a Theme from the Opera Alruna

Potpourri in F Major, Op. 80:

36:07 I. Larghetto
38:53II. Allegro

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