Shohat, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
SO Music and Comments, Jerusalem Theater, February 27
Gil Shohat Photo: Courtesy
Conductor-pianist-composer-lecturer Gil Shohat contented himself with three
roles only last week, graciously ceding composition to colleagues Beethoven and
Tchaikovsky at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra’s concert.
and political commentator Oren Nahari refreshed the audience’s memory by
recalling Beethoven’s admiration for, and subsequent despisal of, Napoleon.
This, of course, was the connection between Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 or
his Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major (commonly known as the
“Triple Concerto”) and the concert’s title, “Liberty.”
In the Triple
Concerto, cellist Ina Joost virtually made her instrument sing. The slow
movement’s eloquent cello solo sounded like a veritable concerto. Her warm,
intense expression persuasively conveyed the work’s emotional
Solo violinist Jennie Huenigen displayed a pure, clear,
enjoyable sound, and cautiously controlled expression.
responsive episodes demonstrated a sense of mutual attentiveness and genuine
chamber music spirit vis-a-vis the orchestra.
professional piano playing contributed solid cohesion, though it inclined to
domination of the more subtle solo strings.
Soloist Boris Giltburg’s
appealingly soft touch, in Piano Concerto No.
4’s slow movement,
sensitively conveyed its lyrical mood and effectively highlighted the dramatic
dialogue between the piano’s poetic songfulness and the orchestra’s
recitationlike assertiveness. In the fast movements, on the other hand, he
adopted a mostly technical, sportsmanlike approach, making one wonder where he
was running to so hurriedly, and with so many swallowed notes.