We are delighted to announce German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser as PENTATONE’s Artist of the Season July – December 2015.
He recently signed an exclusive recording contract with PENTATONE. A first recording has already been made and already available exclusively on our webshop with the official release in September. For this debut recording, Moser chose to record the cello concertos by Antonín Dvořák and Edouard Lalo, together with the PKF - Prague Philharmonia and conductor Jakub Hrůša.
PENTATONE is honoured to work together with Johannes Moser, an international soloist who regularly performs with some of the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras, as well as the leading conductors of our time including Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta and Gustavo Dudamel. He has received many accolades for his previous recordings including two ECHO Klassik awards and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (“German Record Critics’ Award”).
We are offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the artist’s life to celebrate this brand-new collaboration. Discover how it is to be an international concert soloist, learn about what is involved in making a recording and find out what inspires and motivates a world-class musician. Enjoy the video clips, interviews and music files that we will publish on a regular basis over the next six months and feel like you are getting to know Johannes Moser personally!
RECORDING OF THE YEAR 2015
There have been so many recordings of the Dvořák Cello Concerto that one would have to be exceptional to be included on this list. I have no reservations whatsoever in selecting this as my final choice.
...Moreover, the inclusion of an equally superb performance of Lalo’s less-often heard concerto makes the disc indispensable as does the super audio sound.
BBC Music Magazine
Moser grasps Lalo's somewhat lily-livered Concerto by the scruff, delivering a performance of enormous flair and effervescence.
Aided and abetted by a marvelous Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jakub Hrusa, and a spectacular, warm recording from the Dutch Pentatone label, Moser’s Dvorak arguably takes top honors with his dazzling virtuosity, free, passionate phrasing and immense energy, resulting in a total command of the music’s emotional power and narrative flow that recalls Pablo Casals’ iconic 1937 recording with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by George Szell—in hi-res sound and with better intonation.
As remarkable as the Dvorak is, what Moser does for the Lalo is a near miracle.
Dvořák & Lalo - Cello Concertos