Classical Review: IPO All-Russian Program Jerusalem ICC, June 10

By URY EPPSTEIN
June 26, 2013 23:39

Despite an all-Russian program, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert last week was altogether versatile.




Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 311. (photo credit: Reuters)

Despite an all-Russian program, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert last week was altogether versatile.

No resemblance or common denominator could be detected between Tchaikovsky’s seldomperformed Manfred Symphony and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante (unless, perhaps, one used a magnifying glass).

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In the cello concerto-like Sinfonia Concertante’s first movement, the orchestra does not accompany the solo part, but deliberately contradicts it. In the second movement Prokofiev does the (for him) unexpected – unabashed lyricism, alternating with breathtaking virtuoso episodes. In the final movement, his grotesque and not necessarily friendly humor is, however, irresistibly amusing.

Soloist Boris Andrianov conveyed all of these characteristics with admirable sensitivity and brilliant, seemingly effortless virtuosity, even in the most dangerously demanding passages.

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda unleashed tremendous orchestral forces in Manfred, highlighting the abundant instrumental tone colors and shaping their subtleties with loving care. The work’s emotional tempestuousness was conveyed with poignant intensity.

The fugal episode of the final movement was performed with amazing transparency. The concluding calm was as overpowering as the preceding turbulence.

In all, a superb performance of this emotionally high-voltage work.


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