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A Slender, Diaphanous DSO

Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 in Noteworthy

By Chris Shull

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What a difference one week makes! After the stirring bombast of Bruckner Symphony No. 8 last weekend, Music Director Jaap van Zweden led a slimmer, lighter Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Haydn Thursday evening at the Meyerson Symphony Center.


"Music director Jaap van Zweden has given the DSO chameleon-like versatility, laying on rich masses of sound in last week's Bruckner Eighth Symphony, then on Thursday night evoking the lightness and nuance of an ensemble of 18th-century instruments," said Scott Cantrell in The Dallas Morning News.


In Haydn's Oxford Symphony, "subtle string vibrato … lent clarity, freshness and flexibility to the sound; lighter on its feet, the orchestra played beautifully," Cantrell wrote.


During Mozart's famous and familiar Symphony No. 40, "Van Zweden also experimented with dynamics, swooping up and down in surprising ways," reported Olin Chism for KERA's Art & Seek.


"The young German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser came aboard for Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme," Chism continued. "He proved to be a superb musician, giving a performance that was full of personality and technical derring-do."


"With a tone of sometimes astonishing volume, he skittered brilliantly through some of his instrument's most daunting challenges," Cantrell wrote.


"His flawless performance was delivered with the joy and happiness of as cellist who is completely confident of his ability to knock it out of the park," cheered Gregory Sullivan Isaacs on


Make sure you linger at the conclusion of the concert. On Thursday, Maestro van Zweden and the DSO added an encore, a lively March in D major, K. 335, No. 1 by Mozart.


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