Wednesday 20 May 2015
Johannes Moser's Dvorak Concert Review and upcoming release
"The dreamy slow movement was equally fine, and demonstrated the maturity of Moser as an interpretive musician: the nuances of his tone beautifully expressed the inner emotions of the music."
On the 8th of May Cellist Johannes Moser performed Dvorak Cello Concertos in Calgary with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. We are honored to have the opportunity to have recorded the exact repertoire with Prague Philharmonia and the cellist himself under the baton of Jakub Hrusa.
The program opened with a splendid performance of Dvorak’s ever-popular Cello Concerto, one of his most appealing works. On hand to perform the solo part was German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, who was the star of the evening. Embracing the solo part in a big-boned fashion, Moser was dramatic and lyrical by turn, tossing off the virtuoso elements with freedom and drama, and always alive to the poetry of the concerto as well.
The opening movement was taken more quickly that I have often heard it, but to no loss of majestic or its epic qualities — the marketing tag for the concert. The passion and drama of this movement were forcefully projected, the cello tone rich and deep, and with the lyrical themes exquisitely shaped. Roberto Minczek and the CPO provided a solid accompaniment, with powerful, impressive tutti passages, yet not covering the soloist.
The dreamy slow movement was equally fine, and demonstrated the maturity of Moser as an interpretive musician: the nuances of his tone beautifully expressed the inner emotions of the music. The bumptious finale, with its ebullient main theme, brought the concerto to an impressive conclusion, and also brought the audience to it feet
For the full review of the concert: http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/review-calgary-philharmonic-deliver-power-and-passion