Lutoslawski & Dutilleux - Cello Concertos (2018)

Dutilleux, Lutoslawski

Johannes Moser

Thomas Sondergard

This album features cello concertos by Witold Lutos?awski 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. Lutos?awski’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 Dvo?ak 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 Hr?ša (Bartók/Kodály 2018) and Marek Janowski (complete Wagner operas, 2011-2013).

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Johannes Moser

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists”, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. He works regularly with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi and Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Gustavo Dudamel.

Known for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre, his passionate focus on new music, and his commitment to reaching out to young audiences, Moser aims to present classical music in ways with which listeners of all ages can engage and connect. He was a recipient of the prestigious 2014 Brahms prize, and his recordings have earned him three ECHO Klassik awards and the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2015 Moser signed an exclusive contract with PENTATONE, and has released albums with the cello concertos of Dvo?ak and Lalo (2015), works for cello and piano by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev (2016, awarded with a Diapason d’or and ECHO Klassik 2017) and Elgar and Tchaikovsky cello concertos (2017). Born into a musical family in 1979 as a dual citizen of Germany and Canada, Moser began studying the cello at the age of eight. He was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations.

Johannes Moser performs on a 1694 Andrea Guarneri cello, generously on loan from a private collection.

photo: provided in Press Release by PENTATONE

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PTC5186689: Lutoslawski & Dutilleux - Cello Concertos
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Cello Concerto - I. Introduction
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Cello Concerto - II. 4 Episodes
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Cello Concerto - III. Cantilena
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Cello Concerto - IV. Finale
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Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - I. Enigme. Tres libre et flexible
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Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - II. Regard. Extremement calme
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Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - III. Houles. Large et ample
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Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - IV. Miroirs. Lent et extatique
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Cello Concerto 'Tout un monde lointain' - V. Hymne. Allegro
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