Moments to Remember: Classical/Dance

12.30.09
Joshua Roman
Seattle Weekly

By Gavin Borchert & Sandra Kurtz

This year's "Success is the best revenge" award goes to David Stock for his Cello Concerto, written in 2001 and slated for a 2004 premiere in Pittsburgh, then canceled and never rescheduled due to soloist Truls Mork's illness. But waiting rewarded him with cellist Joshua Roman, who at last brought the work to life with the Seattle Symphony in May. Uncompromising in its intensity but generous with arresting ideas, the richly brooding work is shot through with interestingly complementary flavors: 1950s film-noir scores in the first movement, Jewish liturgical melodies in the third. Most memorable is the electrifying solo cadenza right before this finale, with Roman—who can not only play anything but sell anything—scampering up and down his instrument. In recent years, the SSO has released a steady stream of CDs on the Naxos label; let's hope this concerto is in the pipeline. GAVIN BORCHERT