Beethoven, Schubert & Bruch’s Double Concerto for clarinet and viola
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 – in between the classical gems of Beethoven’s Prometheus overture and Schubert’s Symphony no.6.