In the heat, Moser, Grant Park Orchestra perform a delicate Dvorak

07.30.18
Johannes Moser
Chicago Tribune

Hot weather forced a deletion from Friday night’s concert by the Grant Park Orchestra, narrowing an Eastern European program to an all-Czech evening that had cellist Johannes Moser as its star.

A heat alert resulted in a mandatory 30-minute intermission at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, with the ironic result that Zoltan Koday’s rarely heard “Summer Evening” was dropped, leaving just a little over an hour of music.

However, Moser’s return to the Grant Park Music Festival, where he last appeared three years ago, was more than adequate compensation, providing an especially satisfying account of the apex of all works for his instrument, Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor. ... »

SERGEI BABAYAN SIGNS EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT WITH DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

07.19.18
Sergei Babayan
Deutsche Grammophon

“I was first introduced to Deutsche Grammophon when I was fourteen,” comments Sergei Babayan, “through Martha Argerich’s recording of Chopin’s E minor Concerto. That formed me as a musician and to this day continues to be one of my guiding lights. This label represents the world and works of the artists I’ve admired most deeply throughout my life.  ... »

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION (SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA)

07.19.18
Benjamin Beilman
Limelight Magazine

Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures At An Exhibition has been orchestrated several times, including by the conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy and Leopold Stokowski, but the orchestration commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky in 1930 from Maurice Ravel is still the preferred version. No one else has had a better idea than using alto saxophone for the solo in The Old Castle. The piece is well known, consisting of impressions of the pictures Mussorgsky saw at a memorial exhibition for his friend, the artist Viktor Hartmann. The musical portraits are often (but not always) separated by a memorable Promenade theme. ... »