IPO Jerusalem ICC, December 31 Andras Schiff, in the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent concert, is not just a pianist who also
He is a conductor of stature, as he proved in his performance
of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. He displayed a clear concept of the work’s form and
To begin with, he respected the qualifying non troppo (“not too
much”) of the opening Allegro movement, refraining from rushing impatiently
ahead. By doing so, he convincingly captured the movement’s pensive, relaxed
His conducting was authoritative, articulating phrases clearly and
plastically, and carefully accentuating key notes that required it. The
intricate final movement came as an impressively dramatic close.
capacity as soloist in Haydn’s Piano Concerto one owes him gratitude for
reviving this unjustifiably neglected work that commonly remains in the shadow
of later composers’ concertos. He performed it with sparkling brilliance, and in
the final movement highlighted the work’s and his own virtuosity, adopting a
breakneck tempo, somewhat at the expense of the piece’s playfulness.
Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, soloist Miklos Perenyi displayed a songful, pure, soft
sound – rather too soft for the orchestral tutti and the dimensions of the
International Convention Center hall. It was a refined, sensitive performance,
rendered with noble restraint, refraining from temperamental outbursts.
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