double concerto

for Violin and Viola


Duration ca. 25'
2.2.2.2/4.2.2.1/timp.perc/hp.pf/str/solo vl, vla

 
 
 

Commissioned by the IRIS Orchestra, Duluth- Superior Symphony Orchestra, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Curtis Institute Orchestra, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Mr. Jeremiah German.

Premiered by IRIS Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern, soloists Charles Wetherbee and Roberto Díaz, Germantown, TN, March 29, 2008.

Other performances: Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markand Thakar, soloists Charles Wetherbee and Victoria Chiang, May 3, 2008; Curtis Institute Orchestra conducted by Jose-Luis Novo, soloists Jose- Maria Blumenschein, Misha Amory, December 5-6, 2008; Columbus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Delta David Gier, soloists Charles Wetherbee and Roberto Diaz, April 16-17, 2010; National Gallery of Art Orchestra conducted by Markand Thakar, soloists Charles Wetherbee and Victoria Chiang, November 13, 2011. Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Malina, soloists Alexander Kerr, violin, Michael Strauss, viola, November 14-15, 2015.

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Leshnoff is a prolific composer whose music is being performed widely. He thinks big, and with its twin virtues of accessibility and architectural coherence, you come away from the concerto feeling that you’ve heard something pleasantly significant.

—Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post, November 22, 2011


This luscious concerto ended far too soon, with its haunting four-note theme still expanding within my brain... Leshnoff’s concerto was complexly layered, though never dull. The interplay between brass and strings was colorful, even as the two soloists kept attention focused on their technical wizardry.

In the power of the conclusion, that memorable four-note theme emerged victorious, assuring us that at least some new symphonic music will have a confident future.

—Samuel Black, Duluth News Tribune, May 5, 2008

Saturday night, however, a new concerto from the exceptional composer Jonathan Leshnoff found a deservedly warm welcome at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre... His ‘Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra’, composed last year, is an elegant creation, beautifully rendered by the orchestra and the two outstanding soloists... Leshnoff’s full embrace of harmony grants accessibility without sacrificing depth or musicality. It is complex but not complicated, exploring a range of emotions... IRIS is one of five organizations that commissioned the work and the orchestra plans more performances from this terrific composer.

—Jon W. Sparks, The Commercial Appeal, March 31, 2008

A new concerto from the exceptional composer Jonathan Leshnoff found a deservedly warm reception... His Double Concerto is an elegant creation... It is complex, but not complicated, exploring a range of emotions.

—Jon W. Sparks, The Commercial Appeal, March 31, 2008