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Cello and Piano Recital
Hebrew Union College
'Tone Alleys," Ben-Zion Orgad's piece for piano, was the sole Israeli composition in Alon Goldstein and Amit Peled's recital at the Hebrew Union College. Intervals reminiscent of traditional tonalities were artfully camouflaged by polyphonic textures and dissonant harmonies. Abundant contrasts on many levels created interest, tension and release and Goldstein performed the piece brilliantly.
Jewish, non-Israeli, music was represented by Ernest Bloch's "From Jewish Life" for cello and piano. Peled's inclination toward lyrical expression served this work well. It created a perhaps unintentional contrast with Goldstein's exuberant temperament.
On more familiar ground, Bach and Beethoven represented the more conventional repertoire. Peled's rendition of Bach's Suite for cello Nr. 2 was accurate, with pure intonation and a well-rounded, full-bodied sound, though more restrained than the dance movements might suggest.
In Beethoven's Sonata Nr. 5 for cello and piano - the program's highlight - Peled at last rose to Goldstein's temperamental level. Here the twosome achieved a veritable masterpiece of coordination and mutual attentiveness.