I am an admirer of Howard Shelley and have several of his CD's of rare Piano Concertos. I like some of Spohr's music and I think that his four clarinet concertos are lovely works. Unfortunately this disc is very dull. Most of the music sounds as if Spohr wrote it in his sleep. The Overture is weary and I am glad that I do not have to sit through all of the oratorio 'The Fall of Babylon. 'The symphonies are very uninspired too. I do not think that the sound helps because, like the music, it is too cosy and warm. I feel that the side drum should be far more evident in the overture to brighten up the texture, and similarly the finale of Symphony No. 6 could do with more brilliance from the cymbals and all-round panache in the performance.
I enjoy exploring little known music and have many such works on CD's, but I am afraid I can not award this disc more than two stars.