Bruch: Double Concerto for clarinet and viola; Brahms: parts from the First Serenade
led by Johannes Leertouwer
Iteke Wijbenga – viola
Lars Wouters van den Oudenwater – clarinet
Upon its release, Max Bruch’s Double Concerto received scathing criticisms: it was deemed “weak, unexciting, first and foremost too restrained, and unoriginal.” But the piece, written for clarinet, viola, and a chamber orchestra that slowly grows to a symphony orchestra, is anything but boring. Perhaps the piece was too romantic for the quoted reviewer, back in 1912, but it is incomparably well-suited for daydreaming while lying in the grass, just like Brahms’ First Serenade. Which means it is perfect for our festival’s opening!