Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saint-Saens: Complete Works for Cello & Orchestra

“Hearing the two concertos in succession brings it home how much more inspired the First is, with its thrillingly dramatic opening. Moser plays it with overwhelming passion, while firmly controlling tempo and intonation.” --Gramophone Magazine, January 2009

“…Moser gives a strong, impassioned account of the Second Concerto… It's in this work that Moser distances himself most noticeably from Maria Kliegel… overall, Moser is more imaginative and alive to the music's dramatic possibilities. And why isn’t the wonderful Suite Op. 16 heard more often?” --BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 *****

These works are both sweepingly romantic and an acid test for any player’s technical finesse. Apart from the popular First Concerto and the ubiquitous “Swan”, Saint-Saëns composed a Second Cello Concerto in addition to several other shorter works for Cello and orchestra, most of which are seldom heard in performance. Stunning performances from the young start cellist, Johannes Moser.

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