Natalie Clein recently joined the Moscow Philarmonic for five successful performances of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto under the baton of the orchestra’s Principal Conductor Maestro Yuri Simonov as well as Guest Conductor Yuri Botnari, for which she has received praising reviews including being called the ‘elder stateswoman of the cello’. Here is what the critics have said:
‘Interspersed was Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, delivered with unremitting energy and impassioned line-unfolding by soloist Natalie Clein. Clein, for all her young age still, is becoming the elder stateswoman of the cello, much as Mitsuko Uchida has become of the piano. I approve wholeheartedly. She has such a strength of tone, such bowing dexterity, such insight into whatever she is interpreting. Her Elgar is very special; I must hear her in Dvorak again soon.’
‘soloist Natalie Clein immersed herself completely in the emotional fabric of this evocative work. Clein’s winning technique and approach that was both fierce and tender, made for a searingly beautiful performance.’
‘Natalie Clein entered on the thrilling roller-coaster ride with relish, plunging into the depths of despair one moment and exploding with dance-like, manic energy the next.’
Natalie Clein will share the stage with another Russian orchestra - the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra - in February 2015, when she will play both Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. To see Natalie’s upcoming performances, please click here.