Jacob Shaw live in Copenhagen on April 2nd Debut Concert Series at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (formally the radio house)
*This is a live and unedited recording of the concert
--- Reportage of the concert (translated from Danish) :
At his debut concert, Jacob Shaw chose to present himself in a very fine and stylistically demanding programme. The evening's first work, "Ricercati" by G. B. Degli Antonii, played in semi-darkness up on the balcony, brought the audience into a special atmosphere from the first moment. Here Jacob showed his great skills as a cellist in possession of considerable technical skill and musical clarity, which he applies to full advantage. His interpretations throughout the evening were performed with a great ability to give the music a personal expression.
Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder", originally composed for voice and piano, were presented here in an arrangement written by Jacob in collaboration with his pianist David Lau Magnussen, and played, as a contrast to the Antonii, with large legato lines and great intensity.
Prokofiev's Sonata presents a compositional and structural challenge, which Jacob played with good dynamics, although the balance between piano and cello was not always perfect. The cello became obscured in a few of the more demanding passages. However, it was played with a fine, broad timbre and was just as impressively well worked out as the other works.
In the final work of the evening, "Herma" by Hafliði Hallgrímsson, one could sense Jacob's true calibre. He remained in the role of soloist throughout, and here his musicianship was also more spontaneous than in the other works.
Jacob is a modern musician whose very high level of instrumental skill makes him fully able to develop and realise his ideas about the music. He is also very aware of the value and importance of presenting the concert and himself in a personal and up-to- date manner. It will be exciting to follow his further development as a musician and soloist.
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