Free Download: Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola

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Free Download: Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola

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This week's free download is the first movement of Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with Orchestra, performed by clarinettist Roeland Hendrikx and violist Sander Geerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins. It was recorded on the Evil Penguin label and was awarded four stars for both performance and recording in the Christmas 2018 issue of BBC Music Magazine.

The concerto, written by Bruch in 1911 towards the end of his life for his son, is very short, only 20 minutes long. It has quite a Brahmsian style to it, despite being written at the beginning of the 20th century when dissonance and tonal ambuigity was entering music. The clarinet and viola have very similar ranges, and Bruch exploits this fact in the concerto, passing the melody between the instruments.

'Viola player Sander Geerts joins Hendrikx for the compact Bruch Double Concerto, a pastoral piece underpinned by nostalgia,' writes Claire Jackson. 'Both soloists neatly handle the extended cantabile interplay that features throughout.'

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