Lutoslawski, Dutilleux: Cello Concertos - Moser, Søndergård

Lutoslawski, Dutilleux: Cello Concertos - Moser, Søndergård

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186689

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto
Dutilleux: Cello Concerto

Johannes Moser (cello)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)


This album features cello concertos by Witold Lutosławski and Henri Dutilleux performed by the multiple prize-winning German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. These works, premiered in 1970, are two of the biggest gems of the twentieth century, the golden age of the cello. While equally virtuosic and engaging, both pieces showcase different aspects of the musical landscape of the late twentieth century. Lutosławski’s concerto explores the possibilities of chance composition in the form of a duel between the solo cello and a ferocious orchestral accompaniment, in which the individual ultimately prevails. In comparison, soloist and ensemble work together more smoothly in Henri Dutilleux’ “Tout un monde lontain”. In this “cello concerto”, the composer invokes a mystical “world from afar”, inspired by Baudelaire quotes and full of allusions to French musical greats such as Debussy and Messiaen, while simultaneously sounding unmistakably Dutilleuxian.

This is Moser’s fourth album as an exclusive PENTATONE artist, after releases with the cello concertos of Dvořak and Lalo (2015), Elgar and Tchaikovsky (2017) and works for cello and piano by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (2016, awarded with a diapason d’or and ECHO Klassik 2017). The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin has an even longer track record with PENTATONE, including albums with Vladimir Jurowski (Mahler/Strauss 2017, Schnittke 2015) Jakub Hrůša (Bartók/Kodály 2018) and Marek Janowski (complete Wagner operas, 2011-2013).

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Comment by hiredfox - November 30, 2018 (1 of 1)

Johannes Moser is Artist-in-Residence at the Bournemouth Symphony this season and made his debut with the orchestra on Wednesday evening performing Walton's Cello Concerto which he has not recorded.

It was our first chance to hear him perform live and the experience was truly overwhelming and one to be cherished. Technically he is flawless as you would expect but more than that he is charismatic and the complete master of his instrument, attacking it or caressing it as the mood requires, extracting every last ounce of the emotion that only an original Gaurneri can provide. Moser is truly a world class musician and may well go on to rival the great Rostropovich. Walton's Concerto can be challenging to players and audiences alike but when performed with such panache and obvious enjoyment as displayed by Mr Moser on Wednesday evening it becomes a consummate and entrancing pleasure. Much of his success was owed to the very fine accompaniment of the BSO under the baton of Kirill Karabits who has a special sensitivity for this supportive role, instinctively understanding when to let soloists lead or merge with an orchestra and with impeccable timing.

It seems mandatory that we will soon be treated to a performance of this Concerto on disc by Johannes Moser and it is certain to be a 'smash hit', whether with the RSO Berlin his recent recording partner on Pentatone or indeed with this orchestra. I can't wait.