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Alisa Weilerstein plays Elgar Concerto with Cleveland Orchestra / review

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Cleveland-bred cellist Alisa Weilerstein, now a superstar on international platforms, brought a very youthful interpretation of Elgar's last great work, his Cello Concerto in E Minor, to Severance Hall Thursday night. It was a mercurial performance, at times presenting Elgar's thoughts with forcefulness, elsewhere allowing his anguished phrases to dissolve in the faintest of pianissimi, while maintaining notable control throughout.

Weilerstein was impetuous in the fleet-footed Scherzo, setting a pace faster than usually encountered. Some of Elgar's exquisite filigree was lost in the process; just the tiniest bit of restraint here would have allowed the quicksilver music a little more opportunity to assert itself. READ THE FULL REVIEW.