Concert review, Pablo Ferrández, Dmitry Masleev, Christoph Eschenbach / Bamberger Symphoniker @ Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, 2017-12-18 — Haydn: Cello Concerto Nr.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1; Rachmaninoff: “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” for piano and orchestra, op.43; Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No.5 in D major / D minor, op.107, “Reformation”
Concert review, Jan Vogler, Fabio Luisi / Philharmonia Zurich @ Zurich Opera, 2017-11-12 — Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104; Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.4 in E♭ major, WAB 104, “Romantic”
Concert review, joint recital Jonas Iten, cello & Andriy Dragan, piano, in Zurich (St.Anton), 2016-05-25 — Bach, Cello Suites No.3 & 4; Beethoven, Piano Sonata in C major, op.53, “Waldstein”; Schubert, Impromptu op.90/3, D.899; Ravel, “Alborada del gracioso” from “Miroirs”
Natalia Gutman played with rich rubato, exploring the depth, the melodic strength of Dvořák’s composition with her dense, soft and singing tone (…) often, in lyrical passages, the soloist appeared completely immersed into the music, listening and playing with closed eyes (…)
The fourth movement, Allegretto, “Intermezzo interrotto” is rhythmically intricate, playing with Bohemian folk melodies — in typical Bartók / Hungarian manner, the meter is changing almost from bar to bar, leaving western ears “hanging in mid-air”: the orchestra’s playing was very good and appeared almost effortless.