Chamber music 521.
(photo credit: Dan Porges)
A new chamber music series has been launched in Nataf, a village in the Judean
Hills, at pianist Revital Hachamoff’s home, which contains a small concert hall,
creating a quasi-intimate ambience.
The dry, non-reverberating acoustics
take some getting used to before one can settle down to enjoy the
Of special interest at this recent concert was the Romance for
Piano and Cello by Clara Wieck-Schumann, Robert’s too often overlooked
composer-wife whose works are only seldom performed. What is amazing about the
piece is its independence of style and lack or influence from her
Her music is intimate, almost introverted yet intense, quite a
far cry from Robert’s more demanding and energetic piano works.
Mozart’s Kegelstadt Trio for Clarinet, Piano and Cello, substituting for the
original viola, and Brahms’s Clarinet Trio, Yevgeny Yehudin, Hachamoff and Zvi
Plesser displayed remarkable mutual attentiveness, blending in harmoniously with
each other, achieving perfect balance and an inspired, impassioned
That is more than can be said about Brahms’s Cello and Piano
Sonata op. 38. The absence of a third, equilibrating instrument drove the piano
to assume a domineering role, dwarfing the more modest and delicate
Getting away to the countryside to enjoy a calming, friendly
musical environment is what this new concert venue is all about.