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A young Israeli pianist, Ishay Shaer, paradoxically better known abroad than in
this country, was presented to the local audience in the Etnahta Chamber Music
series as a last-minute substitute for another pianist who had
Right from the start, Shaer surprised with an exquisitely soft
touch and meditative tempo in Debussy’s Images. There was no rigidity but a
Debussy-like, appealing flexibility, and a decisive, well accentuated left
In Beethoven’s Bagatelles, the pianist highlighted the contrasts
between the composer’s mostly concealed intimacy and his characteristic
The program’s highlight was Schumann’s Symphonic
Etudes in their rarely performed first version (1834). Though an extremely
demanding work, the pianist did not indulge in showy virtuosity, despite his
impressive technical competence, but concentrated on its formidable aesthetic
and artistic qualities.
He conveyed its complex and incessantly changing
emotional content with utmost sensitivity and intensity. While refraining
tastefully from demonstrative overstatements, he expressed the composer’s
sometimes tortured and often exuberant statements subtly yet also with force of
One looks forward with expectation to this obviously talented
young pianist’s further development and progress.