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LESHNOFF, J.: Symphony No. 1, "Forgotten Chants and Refrains" / Double Concerto / Rush (Wetherbee, Diaz, IRIS Orchestra, M. Stern)

Composer(s):Leshnoff, Jonathan
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559670
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 9.99

USD 6.99


“The music of Jonathan Leshnoff falls squarely in the middle of contemporary American romanticism…Though richly tonal, this is music quite distinct from anything else that’s out there at the moment.” (Strings Magazine, June 2009). On this second of three albums dedicated to Leshnoff’s orchestral and chamber music, two acclaimed American soloists bring to life his ravishing new Double Concerto, partnered here by his impressive First Symphony, a work which weaves tears and laughter into a haunting and ultimately life-affirming musical experience. The orchestral miniature Rush shimmers with pure kinetic energy.


Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2011


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2011

Leshnoff’s works especially feature the yearning, nostalgia, and striving in American music, exquisitely expressed with gorgeous melodic lines. In his new CD (8.559670), he intertwines two such lines in the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra. The viola and violin partner and play off of each other in this shimmering, radiant music. I have remarked before on the laudable influence of Steve Albert’s works on Leshnoff (which Leshnoff was delighted to discuss with me), and I detect it here, along with an almost Bernard Herrmann-like emotional undertow. It is the undertow effect that adds such poignancy to the upward striving of the soloists. Like his superb Violin Concerto, the Double Concerto should become a repertory item.



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