Review: Johannes Moser 'Dvorak & Lalo Cello Concertos'

12.09.15
Johannes Moser
Strings Magazine

Now for something entirely different, the only current, and perhaps the first-ever coupling of two diametrically opposed cello concertos. 

And yet, in performances of incomparable depth and magnitude, Johannes Moser, playing on a 1694 Andrea Guarneri, has forever changed the landscape. Moser’s Dvorak arguably takes top honors with his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy, resulting in a total command of the music’s emotional power and narrative flow that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by George Szell—in hi-res sound and with better intonation.

As remarkable as the Dvorak is, what Moser does for the Lalo is a near miracle. It is an electric performance in which he has seemingly examined every nook and cranny of the music, as Hrusa has done with the orchestral part, and emerged with music of such magnificent glory that it puts the Saint-Saens concerto, its only rival among French cello concertos before Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain . . . way into the background. 
 
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