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Sounding Jerusalem Festival Cello and Piano Recital Jerusalem Music Center, June
A valuable feature of the Sounding Jerusalem Festival is the stage it provides
for young, extremely talented musicians at the beginning of their career,
allowing them to become known to larger audiences.
One of these was
Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng. In Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano he
achieved an appealing balance of the pizzicato and the bowed sections in the
Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major op. 69 was performed with
a sonorous, rich, singing sound. Beethovenian energies were conveyed
enormous force of conviction, intensity of expression and refreshing
A rare combination of youthful freshness and amazing
emotional maturity were displayed in Brahms’s demanding Sonata in F
Arnon Erez was a supportive and attentive partner at the
piano.Sounding Jerusalem Soprano and Piano
Recital Austrian Hospice,
A young French soprano who started her career just before the beginning
this millenium, Megal Leger’s program was particularly attractive, by
standards, offering French songs by Debussy and Faure, and German Lieder
Richard Strauss, not quite well-known on our shores.
With her bright,
lovely voice, Leger displayed much subtlety in the rendition of these
miniatures, embellishing them with delicate nuances of volume and
Above all, she showed mastery of the gentle art of landing
softly on high notes, and then letting them swell gradually to
Her operatic experience, however, did not prove to be a positive
influence on her performance of songs.
An occasionally over-dramatic
interpretation sometimes missed the intimate and restrained character of
works. The difference in style between opera and songs is something that
remarkably gifted singer will no doubt acquire before long when she will
that vocal art also exists outside of the opera house.
contributed the piano part authoritatively and with extreme