“Neues Volksblatt” on 25 April 2015
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An illustrious past shines again
The Japanese cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (*1942) can look back upon an illustrious past, but he is still a soloist in demand around the world – even as president of Suntory Hall in Tokyo, he continues to travel to important concert halls. He came with The Vienna Chamber Orchestra and its principal conductor Stefan Vladar to the Brucknerhaus in Linz to perform Luigi Boccherini’s Violoncello-Concerto No. 9 in B Flat Major, G 482. His brilliant past shone once again in the rather slow passages that could be heard above the orchestra in their own silvery tone. The solo concerto was framed in the beginning by the Adagio for Strings, Op. 11, by Samuel Barber as a lyrical lead-in and after the intermission the Sextet No. 1 in B Flat by Brahms in the version for string orchestra. A showpiece of the romantic era with rich melodies and memorable variations led attentively by Vladar and till the end brought to a climax with a choice of increasingly rapid tempi. Much approval, though the hall was half empty.