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For his new recording, Johannes Moser has selected three rarely heard concertos by three of the 20th century's great composers. Continuing to thrill audiences around the world with his stunning virtuosity and creative programming, Moser is joined by Christoph Poppen and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, whose orchestral support perfectly captures the essence of these colorful and demanding scores.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.67 x 4.92 x 0.39 inches; 3.46 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Haenssler Classics
- Date First Available : April 27, 2011
- Label : Haenssler Classics
- ASIN : B004L8MB1S
- Number of discs : 1
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The Martinu Cello Concerto No.1 is given first on this CD. It starts out in high spirits which is unusual for a Cello Concerto. Being a bassier member of the string section the cello is usually in a lower and more somber mood. Both Moser and Poppen keep the spirits up and give this Martinu concerto once relegated to secondary thought the forefront of greatness to be all that it can. Moser's playing and technique are flawless. The interpretation works given with much polish and tender loving care by both soloist and orchestra.
The Hindemith Cello Concerto of 1940 is for me even a favorite over the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 for me personally and that is really saying something since I am big Shostakovich fan. The concerto starts out with a march tune in the orchestra which is carried throughout in the first movement. The cello keeps up with the mood and Moser playing couldn't be better. Next comes what is the centerpiece for me in this concerto which is the second movement which William Walton chose to make some orchestral variations on. I am just getting used to Moser/Poppen after being so many years spoiled by Manchula/Kondrashin. But I would say generally that my feeling is positive after having listened to this a few times. The final movement returns with some animation. Again the music is march-like. This Hindemith Concerto to my ears sticks out from the other two as fine as the Martinu is played.
Finally there is the Honegger Cello Concerto. Honegger was a fine 20th century symphonist in my opinion and most of that translates here. It is a high quality work and much of it is memorable. The craftmanship seems to be there. It doesn't dazzle as much as the Martinu or Hindemith. But in any case a shorter concerto that doesn't over stay it's welcome and rounds out the CD.
With most of the major labels now a thing of the past in putting out new recordings it is refreshing that Hanssler has given us this offering of off the beaten path 20th Century Cello Concertos. Five Stars.
Moser collaborates with Christoph Poppen conducting the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Orchestra in sensitive and sparkling performances of Bohuslav Martinu''s Cello Concerto No. 1 and once again we discover how uniquely inventive this composer was. This is a tightly designed, wonderfully expressive work and Moser sails through the emotions and complexities with commitment and ease. Paul Hindemith's Cello Concerto demonstrates all that is fine about this too seldom performed composer's works. The lush lines of the second movement - Ruhig bewegt - raise memories of his transcendent Symphony Mathis der Maler. It is a very fine work and Moser makes it as important as the composer intended.
The triptych concludes with a bit of pastiche - Arthur Honegger's Cello Concerto - which opens with a languid Andante then melds into a brief Lento section and terminates in a fine Allegro marcato. No 'Pacific 231' sounds here, but rather some echoes of his oratorio 'Le roi David' and glimpses of the soon to be composed oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher.
Why we don't hear these three works more often remains a mystery, but with this recoding bringing them to light perhaps they will begin to he appreciated for the fine works they are. Johannes Moser has done it again! Grady Harp, October 11