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      January 27, 2013

      Moravec: Montserrat (Cello Concerto) (22:28)

      Matt Haimovitz, cello; Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose

      Moravec’s cello concerto pays tribute to Pablo Casals and the mountaintop monastery that became like a second home to him. The album’s liner notes describe the concerto as growing “gradually, but inevitably, from its brief ascending gesture, which the composer has taken from a plainchant that closes the ‘Magnificat’ section of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. The spiritual quality of Montserrat has deep roots in these 17th-century origins, in the sound of chimes that ring as if from a distance, both temporal and geographical.”

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      • Graham Walker

        Another wonderful work from this fine composer. Luminous playing from Matt Haimovitz bring the changing colours and textures of Moravec’s work brilliantly to life. An exciting new contribution to the canon of music for cello and orchestra.

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