(photo credit: Courtesy of Caroline Doutre)
Jerusalem ICC, November 22
Conductor Christian Vasquez, 27, and pianist David Kadouch, 26, were the stars
in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent concert.
Ginastera’s Estancia was Venezuelan-born Vasquez’ (27) South- American hors
d’oeuvre. With its electrifying folklore-inspired rhythms it was an effective
eye-opener at the concert’s beginning.
The soloist of Mendelssohn’s Piano
Concerto No. 1, French-born Kadouch, enjoyably demonstrated his awareness that
Mendelssohn was also a lied composer, and that therefore in his instrumental
works, too, melodies have to sing. Kadouch indeed made the piano sing in the
work’s melodious passages.
In the fast final movement he evoked a
sparkling Midsummer Nights’ Dreamlike spirit. A slightly slower tempo of the
fast movements might have made for less swallowed notes.
presented an impressive performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. His command
of the orchestra was authoritative and inspired, though the orchestral
transparency was not always quite as clear as it could, or should, be. In
particular, the weighty, forceful bass strides of the tubas in the first
movement got somewhat lost in the din.