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Lutoslawski & Dutilleux: Cello Concertos / Moser, Sondergard, Berlin Radio Symphony

Release Date: 11/16/2018 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186689  
Composer:  Witold LutoslawskiHenri Dutilleux
Performer:  Johannes Moser
Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album features cello concertos by Witold Lutoslawski 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. Lutoslawski’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
Read more 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 Dvorak 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 Hruša (Bartók/Kodály 2018) and Marek Janowski (complete Wagner operas, 2011-2013).



Playing with depth and naturalness but above all a sense of theatre, Moser shapes an animated performance of the Lutoslawski, together with Thomas Søndergård and the Berlin orchestra. With its allusion to the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lontain is perhaps more mystical, and Moser allows it to unfold with hypnotic beauty.

– BBC Music Magazine

Moser maintains a keen focus over the eventful trajectory of the Lutoslawski. Many performances rather lose momentum in the Cantilena but Moser neither falters nor sells short this music’s rapt eloquence. In the Dutilleux, Moser eschews any emotional uniformity. Throughout both works, Thomas Søndergård propels the music forwards with a real sense for their vastly different yet equally inevitable destinations.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Poland 
Concerto for Cello "Tout un monde lointain" by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Johannes Moser (Cello)
Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968-1970; France 

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 Magnificent Disc December 30, 2018 By Christopher Mankiewicz (Los Angeles,, CA) See All My Reviews "These are truly superb performances of these cello concertos by Johannes Moser and brilliantly recorded in SACD by Pentatone. I cannot recommend this disc more highly. - Absolutely marvelous!" Report Abuse
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