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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.

Moser and Hruša bring out the urgency and drama of the first movement and the contrasting sentimentality of the second movement with its light and airy scherzo. The third, and weakest, of the three movements, is still wonderful. The Lalo may not have the stature of the Dvorák, or even of the Saint-Saëns, but it is nevertheless a great 19th-century concerto and we should be grateful to PENTATONE for this recording.

Moser and Hruša have combined for a memorable rendition of the Lalo and a fresh and exciting reading of the Dvorák. 
 
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