Denk, Davis and DSO deliver magical Beethoven 'Emperor'

05.23.16
Sir Andrew Davis
Detroit Free Press

Getting the old band back together doesn't always pay dividends, but it certainly did Sunday afternoon, when the gifted American pianist Jeremy Denk, veteran English conductor Andrew Davis and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra combined for a magical performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor"). In 2009 these same forces convened to give a scintillating reading of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. At this point, DSO officials should start coordinating calendars to bring Denk and Davis back in coming seasons to finish off a Beethoven concerto cycle with Nos. 2, 3 and 4.

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Review: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at Usher Hall, Edinburgh

05.23.16
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Musical Opinion

In this penultimate concert in the immensely successful Sunday Symphony series arranged by Edinburgh City Council, the guests were one of Russia’s top virtuoso orchestras in the Moscow State Symphony and the dean of English pianists John Lill who won the Tchaikovsky Competition with this very orchestra back in 1970!

The opening Shostakovich Festive overture was executed with brilliant precision especially from the immaculate brass and the percussion section reinforced by the massed strings who offered a subtle and sumptuous harmony for this bright and effervescent piece. There was marvellous interplay from the woodwind, especially from the clarinet of Yevgeny Solovey. It was interesting that the orchestra had the wind all located on ground level rather than sitting above on the risers, allowing a different perspective acoustically, and that for the only time that I can remember in this hall, the conductor entered from the right stage door.

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CD Review: Johannes Moser Performs Dvorák and Lalo Cello Concertos

05.22.16
Johannes Moser
Culture Spot LA

The recent recording of two 19th-century cello concertos — the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvorák and the Cello Concerto in D minor by the French composer Édouard Lalo — performed by German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser accompanied by the Prague Philharmonic led by the young Czech conductor Jakub Hruša, is an outstanding addition to the PENTATONE catalogue.

What may be surprising to some is the inclusion of the Lalo, that is, until one listens to it. It is a mystery that this concerto isn’t better known and played more often. It is a fine concerto in the style of the concerto by Saint-Saëns. ... »