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Johannes Moser summer 2009

The German-Canadian cellist
Johannes Moser continues his summer in both chamber and orchestral concerts in
Europe and the U.S., including his debut with the celebrated Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons. Moser’s summer concert tour
follows a busy season of debut performances with top American orchestras and
further recordings on the Hänssler Classics label, which continue to garner
critical praise.  His recording of
Saint-Saëns’s complete works for cello and orchestra was given a perfect 5-star
review in BBC Music, while Listen, reviewing the same CD, called Moser “without
question an artist worth watching”.

Moser opened his summer
season on July 11 at Germany’s Rheingau Musik Festival where he focused on
chamber music performances.  In
Rheingau, Moser was joined by pianist Paul Ravinius for a program of cello
sonatas by Beethoven, Zemlinsky and Brahms.

Moser returns to the
U.S. for a concert with the Cleveland Orchestra

Moser returns to the U.S. on
August 2 for an important engagement with the Cleveland Orchestra at its summer
home, the Blossom Festival.  Already
a popular guest soloist in Cleveland, Moser returns to play Shostakovich’s
Cello Concerto No. 1, with conductor Jahja Ling on the podium. During Moser’s
last visit to Cleveland, the Plain Dealer praised the young cellist for his “agile brilliance and vast expressive
character”.  Of his recent
performance of Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony,
Sarah Bryan Miller of the St. Louis Post Dispatch commented:

“The concerto’s moods range from the otherworldly to
the mournful and elegiac, from the sarcastic to the frantic. Moser expressed
them all, with a stunning display of technical facility, leaping from the top
of the instrument’s range to growling low notes with a rich, consistent sound.
Moser is a major talent, and it is to be hoped that he’ll return in coming

Moser will kick off his
2009-10 season making his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra playing
the same Shostakovich concerto; the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons
will also lead a performance of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.  Moser and the orchestra will present
the program twice in Amsterdam before traveling to Bucharest for a single
performance.  These concerts mark
the beginning of what promises to be an active and rewarding season for the
cellist, highlights of which include a North America tour with the Salzburg
Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, which culminates with a performance at
New York’s Lincoln Center, and an extensive tour of American university
campuses with toy pianist and composer Phyllis Chen. 

Johannes Moser – engagements in summer 2009

July 24: Festival Del Sole, Napa, CA

JS Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major

August 2: Blossom Music Festival, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Cleveland Orchestra / Jahja Ling

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1

September 5:  Festival Lied und Lyrik, Bavaria, Germany

Several works for cello solo, combined with poems by
Wolf Wondratschek

September 16-17:  Amsterdam, Netherlands

September 20:  Bucharest, Romania

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Mariss Jansons

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

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2009, 21C Media Group

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