Tchaikovsky & Leshnoff – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

June 23, 2020, 9:00 am

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Reference Recordings presents Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in a powerful interpretation from Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. According to Honeck’s notes that accompany the music, he and the musicians explore the tension and contrasts between “darkness and suffering, but also hope and light. At once, it is on the edge of despair—depressed, hopeless, broken, melancholic, and gloomy; but there is also an incredible counterpoint—courageous, self-confident, joyful, optimistic, wild, and blissful.” The symphony is coupled with a world-premiere recording of American composer Jonathan Leshnoff’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon, featuring the talents of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s own Principal Clarinet Michael Rusinek and Principal Bassoon Nancy Goeres.