Festival Review: Rubinstein Competition Winner Jerusalem Theater, June 2
ByURY EPPSTEIN
07 June 2014 21:57
The concert advertised by the Israel Festival as including the “Winner of the Rubinstein Competition” turned out to be a quiz; one had to guess both the winner’s name and the works he performed.
Music

Band instruments. (photo credit:Wikicommons)

The concert advertised by the Israel Festival as including the “Winner of the Rubinstein Competition” turned out to be a quiz; one had to guess both the winner’s name and the works he performed. This information was nowhere to be found in the program notes, even though there had been adequate time between the awarding of the prize and the concert to include it. Only some on-the-spot investigation by those with connections to the secret services revealed the winner’s name: Antony Barislevsky.

His performed works were Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. (These were in fact marginal additions to a regular Israel Camerata subscription concert, conducted by Vakhtang Kakhidze.) Barislevsky’s rendition of the Mozart concerto was accurate, with all notes where they belonged. As this seems to be the main criteria of many music competition juries, it is no wonder that such a pianist won the competition. Neither he nor the jury seem to care about emotional expression, artistic subtleties and personal touch. Prizeworthy or not, his was comme il faut playing – just as competition juries expect. In the Mussorgsky work, Barislevsky seemed to feel more at home, storming ahead with much brutal banging on the helpless piano.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


To conclude, the Israel Festival had better be more careful about hiring as-yet unknown entities.

Noteworthy in the rest of the concert was the clarinet duo Gurfinkel that performed a concerto for two clarinets by Franz Krommer with remarkable elegance and virtuosity.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Jerusalem
  • arts
  • music
  • Prev Article
    The show will go on
    Kevin Meaney
    Sharon Soleimani
    Digging for TV gold in Israel
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Sarah Silverman
    26 August 2014
    Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys

    By JTA

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 9 - 20
      Beer Sheva
      11 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 9 - 13
      Jerusalem
      10 - 17
      Haifa
    • 12 - 23
      Elat
      12 - 20
      Tiberias