»....ihr Ton ist faszinierend. Er ist auf Energie und Elan aus. Beiläufiges gelingt Gabetta nicht, sie will es auch nicht. Daraus erwachsen große Momente. Phrasen von immenser Dichte, von Kraft und Klarheit, getragen von einem Klangideal, das nicht nur Schönheit will, sondern Leben.«
On Saturday March 27, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed Stravinksy’s,The Rite of Spring (1947) and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (1894-1895), featuring conductor, Krysztof Ubański and cellist, Sol Gabetta. Gabetta debuted as the soloist in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, her performance combining an evocative air of aggression with intense emotional depth. Ubański conducted the orchestra that backed Gabetta throughout the piece. The musical interplay between Urbanski’s conducting and Gabretta’s performance came across as a conversation; Gabetta’s avant garde use of high and low notes contrasted with the orchestra’s pensive chamber music qualities.
The Cello Concerto took the audience on an emotional journey that explored both pain and beauty. What was truly mesmerizing about Gabetta’s performance was the way she used her entire body to tell the story through the music. It was truly captivating to watch her facial expression’s during the performance, her passion matching the rise and fall of the piece. Her palpable onstage presence allowed the isolated nature of the solo to open up to the audience. Gabetta closed to an elated crowd and received a standing ovation. She performed an encore with her fellow cellists.
- The Newspaper, Chantel Ouellet , 11.04.2015