Cosmic Dances

Thursday 28 March 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Diego Matheuz  conductor

Johannes Moser  electric cello

Moncayo: Huapango  8′

Chapela: Magnetar (CBSO co-commission: European premiere) 25′

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (highlights) 50′

Johannes Moser

They  call it “El Sistema”: the Latin American phenomenon that’s got the whole world  of classical music dancing with excitement. Tonight, we welcome one of its most  brilliant graduates, Diego Matheuz, for an evening of vibrant, toe-tapping energy,  including a riotous Mexican dance-off, and the European premiere of an astonishing  new showpiece by the Mexican composer Enrico Chapela – for electric cello! Powerful,  dramatic, and heart-breakingly passionate, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet should make just as many sparks fly.   www.cbso.co.uk

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Review by Andrew Clements, Guardian:

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…     “Matheuz’s debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony also introduced an unfamiliar Latin American composer, with the European premiere of the Mexican Enrico Chapela‘s Magnetar, a concerto for electric cello first performed in 2011 in Los Angeles. It was tailor-made for Johannes Moser, who was the stylish soloist with the CBSO, with the composer seated next to him controlling the balance and myriad effects that can be obtained from the skeletal instrument. Though the piece was inspired by astrophysics – magnetars are a form of neutron star, the most intensely magnetic objects in the universe – it turns out to be an easily digestible, straightforward three-movement work, a mix of woozy lyrical lines and driving figuration, given a slightly exotic edge by the electronics.”     …

 

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Review by John Gough, Birmingham Post:

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…     “There were many influences at work here yet everything was successfully  integrated into a satisfying three movement structure with an enormous range of  textures, balanced between orchestra and soloist, and allowing for all sorts of  novel timbres and effects. Lyrical moments sat next to rock riffs, episodes of  cool jazz met Dr Who type sound effects, yet everything convinced us that the  work was an effective whole. The Herculean soloist Johannes Moser, played with  panache and musicality, while the composer, discreetly seated behind him on the  platform, operated the sound altering electronics. An intriguing and imaginative  work.”     …
*****

 

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Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:

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…     “Conducted by the 28-year-old Diego Matheuz, a graduate of the El Sistema school of music, the programme was packed full of energy.

Beginning with Huapango by Mexican composer Jose Pablo Moncayo it threw us straight into Spanish mode. The piece is short but lively, inspired by Mexican dance songs and full of rhythm which encourages you to toe-tap before heading for a Tequila or two and then braving the dance floor.

In many ways the star of the evening was the European premiere of Enrico Chapela’s Magnetar. Inspired by massive magnetic fields in outer space, the piece aims to be cosmic in scope.”     …

 

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