Except for regretting Kurt Masur’s unfortunate accident that prevented him from
conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert last week, there was no
reason for disappointment with Doron Salomon as substitute.
pianist Denis Matsuev’s performance of Brahns’ Piano Concerto No.
electrifying. He is a veritable bombshell of temperament, radiating passion,
intensity of expression, and excitement. Powerfully convincing though his
outbursts are, there is nothing exaggerated or showy about them. Not even the
slightest fleeting detail is neglected, tempi are subtly flexible with no trace
of rigidity, climactic highlights are significantly accentuated, nuances of
dynamics are abundant, and technically demanding runs are meticulously
In contrast with the tempestuous, forcefully decisive touch in
the fast movements, his delicate softness in the slow one came as a surprise.
There he extracted the last drop of lyricism from the meditative passages. This
was quite an unorthodox rendition of the work, but unostentatiously
Salomon displayed authoritative command of the orchestra that sounded
extremely well consolidated under his direction. In the Concerto, his careful
attentiveness to the soloist resulted in perfect collaboration.
tricky fugal episode in the third movement was uncommonly
Cesar Franck’s Symphony sounded intensely impressive, yet
This conductor certainly deserves to be invited more
frequently by the IPO on his own merit, not merely as a substitute.