This weekend’s concerts by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra are introducing an exceptionally gifted young German cellist, Daniel Müller-Schott. His forceful and clean technique, warm tone and impeccable artistry made Dvorak’s cello concerto one of the season’s highlights on Saturday night. Here’s hoping the Dallas Symphony signs him up soon.
His conductorial collaborator, Giancarlo Guerrero of Costa Rica, was not as impressive, though the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was in good form. Guerrero makes bold musical statements, but the orchestral sound lacked the warmth that Müller-Schott projected.
A minor point, but Guerrero’s Littonesque podium bounces were a little distracting; he even invented a few dance steps that haven’t yet been seen in the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
Still, you can’t accuse him of being boring; Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Strauss’ Don Juan and Liszt’s Les préludes were given vivid performances.
The program will be repeated at 2 p.m. Sunday in Bass Performance Hall.