This week’s totally free download is the initially 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 beneath Martyn Brabbins. It was recorded on the Evil Penguin label and was awarded 4 stars for each functionality and recording in the Christmas 2018 problem of BBC Music Magazine.

The concerto, written by Bruch in 1911 towards the finish of his life for his son, is really quick, only 20 minutes lengthy. It has fairly a Brahmsian style to it, regardless of getting written at the starting of the 20th century when dissonance and tonal ambuigity was getting into music. The clarinet and viola have really related ranges, and Bruch exploits this reality in the concerto, passing the melody in 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 manage the extended cantabile interplay that characteristics all through.’

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