Global conducting phenom Stéphane Denève conjures a vibrant, sun-dappled Italy seen through the lens of French and homegrown musical giants. No one captured the spirit of Italy quite like its own Ottorino Respighi, whose Pines of Rome is a breathtaking ode to nature. From climbing pine trees and mysterious catacombs to vivid bird calls, this rich canvas has been called “one of the most colorful scores of its century.” Rock star cellist Johannes Moser returns in Camille Saint-Saëns’ First Concerto, a virtuosic tour de force. Hector Berlioz often found inspiration in Italy, and this passionate Overture forms one outstanding example. In its U.S. premiere, Guillaume Connesson’s luscious score relishes the sweeping Italian landscape after a storm.
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Overture to Benvenuto Cellini
Concerto No. 1 in A minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Allegro non troppo Allegretto con moto Tempo primo
E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare
Pines of Rome
The Pines of the Villa Borghese Pines Near a Catacomb The Pines of the Janiculum The Pines of the Appian Way
Stéphane Denève, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
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 and works regularly with conductors of the highest caliber.
In the 2016-17 season, Moser’s engagements in North America include returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in Europe will include the BBC Scottish Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatsoper Hannover Orchestra, and Radio Orchestra Berlin RSB, where he will be Artist in Residence in 2018. Season debuts include the National Symphony Orchestra, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and will give the world premiere of a new work by Julia Wolfe with the Pacifica Quartet. Johannes will premiere the KALITZKE Concerto by composer Johannes Kalitzke with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in January of 2017.
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. Recent and notable projects include the premiere of Enrico Chapela's electric cello concerto Magnetar with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and new works with Julia Wolfe and Andrew Norman.
Moser won the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky competition and was the recipient of the 2014 Brahms prize.His recordings have earned him two ECHO Klassik awards and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. He is an exclusive Pentatone recording artist and is set to release a Rachmaninov & Prokofiev album with Russian pianist Andrei Korobeinikov in Fall 2016.