Global Fascinations and Sophistications
Stefan Jess and Barbara Moser
Leighton House, South West London is a popular venue for recitalists
to perform in surrounded by the great man's paintings and its black
and gold decor. Yonks ago, I heard two young Austrian artists, Stefan Jess,
cello and the lovely Barbara Moser, piano. Somehow, the CD release by EMI
Austria found itself on a pile awaiting review, but as usual with the glossies
they ignored my urgent requests to cover it at the expense of too many contributions.
Playing it again, I have no doubts that it is thoroughly worthy of inclusion
in my series.
The programme, an usual one, consists of Beethoven's two sets
of Variations from Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Op 66, WoO46
respectively, Mendelssohn's Variations concertantes Op 17,
Chopin/Franchomme Grand Duo Concertant on themes from Meyerbeer's
'Robert le diable' [listen -- track 4, 8:19-9:19],
Liszt's La Lugubre Gondola, in the cello/piano version and
Stravinsky's Suite Italienne. Booklet photos show the couple
in playful mood, and there is this wonderful sense of conviviality in their
playing that denotes two musical minds in one accord. Moulded balancing
of parts produces a repartée that brings the musical spirit alive
without forcing undue attention on the bravura aspects. A delightful disc.
Copyright © 1 November 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
CD INFORMATION - EMI AUSTRIA CDC5 55159 2
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