JONATHAN LESHNOFF (b.1973): Double Concerto for Clarinet, Bassoon and Orchestra, PETER TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36.
Catalogue Number: 06V064
Label: Reference Recordings
Format: SACD hybrid
Description: Leshnoff's attractive Double Concerto is a perfect example of a neoclassical concerto in a tonal vocabulary of the present day. The soloists are treated as equals in dialogue, rather than as a composite soloist, with constant back and forth between the instruments, and contrapuntal weaving of lines. The composer’s symphonies are powerful and momentous, with important spiritual and philosophical preoccupations; this delightful work doesn’t pretend to be other than diverting and charming, meticulously crafted and appealing, much like the Guitar Concerto (06U011, coupled with the monumental 4th Symphony). The gently lyrical slow movement is placed first, melancholy and wistful, with a brief, passionate climax. The second movement is a humorous waltz with an air of insouciant Gallic charm - Poulenc would probably have been quite pleased to have written it - and the last is lively and energetic, with constant cheeky and affectionate exchanges between the soloists. Michael Rusineck (clarinet), Nancy Goeres (bassoon), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Manfred Honeck.