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Purcell, Handel & Co.
Jerusalem, February 23
Purcell and Handel were the center of interest in the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s recent concert, preceded by their lesser known predecessors and contemporaries Schmelzer and Biber.
Conductor/solo violinist Walter Reiter elicited abundant subtle nuances of dynamics from the orchestra such as one hardly ever encounters there. In particular, sounds gradually diminishing to an almost whispering piano were a rare treat.
In Biber’s Passacaglia
, Reiter proved that he is capable of producing
such delicate nuances on the solo violin no less than with the
orchestra, or even more so.
In arias from Purcell’s Fairy Queen
and Handel operas, Revital
Raviv’s appealing, friendly, though not very sounding soprano was
restrained and more pathetic than dramatic as opera requires.
Reiter’s no-doubt valuable comments before works would have served
their purpose to better advantage if the use of a microphone would have
enabled the back rows not only to see but also to hear him speak.