Review: Bramwell Tovey gets the job done with L.A. Philharmonic

Johannes Moser
Los Angeles Times

By Mark Swed

Mainly Tovey supported Moser, whose performance was elegant and vivid. Moser's tone is beautiful, and he was richly expressive in the sublimely sad slow movement, but he was never even vaguely morose. The 1919 concerto is Elgar's last major work and commonly interpreted as a composer's nostalgic farewell to the Edwardian era in which he was most at home. The latest Elgarian scholarship, however, reveals an Elgar more of his time than formerly given credit. Moser and Tovey were up to date.

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