Monday 30 November 2015

BBC Music Magazine: Dvorak Lalo Cello Concertos Review



"He's a musician of alacrity, power and style: virtuosic passages benefit from his fleet effortlessness... Moser grasps Lalo's somewhat lily-livered Concerto by the scruff, delivering a performance of enormous flair and effervescence."

 

We are thrilled to share with you that our release of  'Dvořák and Lalo Cello Concertos' with Johannes Moser, Jakub Hrůša, PKF - Prague Philharmonia received yet another outstanding review from BBC Music Magazine! The review praises how Moser delivers the listener the intriguing, overwhelming journey with a superb structure. Read more about the superb review!

 

Though still in his thirties, Johannes Moser has clocked up no fewer than 15 major repertoire recordings, mainly on Hänssler Classics. For this Dvořák Concerto he's teamed up with, appropriately, the Prague Philharmonic under Jakub Hrůša. Despite the latter's rather sluggish tempo for the opening, Moser gives us an exciting, high tension ride with an impressive sense of structure. He's a musician of alacrity, power and style: virtuosic passages benefit from his fleet effortlessness.

 

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What's missing in the first cadenza and second movement, though is that penetrating tenderness and almost visionary inwardness one finds in the very greatest performances - thinking of Truls Mørk, Yo-Yo Ma and of Mstislav Rostropovich at his best. The airy delicacy and sweetness we have here doesn't quite find the emotional undertow. Moser is not helped in the slow movement by some very loud, congested orchestral sound, though I love the feisty horn timbre. It's only after a lively, rhytmically exacting finale that he achieves luminous transcendence in Dvořák's masterly coda. The extraordinary long cello note that presages the end really does feel endless, opening a window onto radiance; beautifully choreographed, too, by Hrůša.

Moser grasps Lalo's somewhat lily-livered Concerto by the scruff, delivering a performance of enormous flair and effervescence. His impatience in the volatile first movement is effective, and the final Allegro vivace is dispatched with crisp buoyancy. Outstanding is the lovely Intermezzo, where he makes a fine contrast between its introverted gritty slow music and episodes of whirling, airborne dance.

Hellen Wallace

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