Cellist: Johannes Moser, Disney Hall, 3/27.09

Engagingly youthful ply of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3, A minor, Op 56, “Scottish.”
Ah, Johannes. Strutting over strings,  a gallant song, a fitful ode to impishness, ebullience, with the sweet saw and skip, mince and prance, soothing dance of chords vibrant and at the same time loutish. His bow flits fancifully, fast, and fractious. The acoustical triumph of old wood burnished by time pinioned firm between his thin knees.  Light reflects off the instruments and the orchestra’s black patent leather shoes, off the white silk-blend formal vests, the sweat on their foreheads. The energy of a warm fog alternating with both up-lifting and cascading notes flowing,
embracing us all under the billowing wooden sails.
We are all of his sound, particulate matter,  floating over Los Angeles looking down.


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