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Mostly Italian and French Baroque
between the Italian and the French Baroque music styles was intended to be
highlighted in the program of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s recent concert,
conducted by Margaret Flawless.
Obvious though the difference between
these two styles may have appeared to their contemporaries, from the distance of
300 years it does not seem quite so significant anymore.
little more diversity of the presented works’ styles, orchestrations and forms
might have made this program more attractive.
sophisticated Passacaglia of Muffat’s Armonico Tributo
was a welcome and
refreshing change from the more conventional pieces.
Moreover, the Air of
the Bacchanales of the Eighth Concerto, “In the Theatrical Taste,” by Couperin,
though he was not an opera composer himself, sounded most
Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, in a flawless, inspired and
lively rendition by Flawless and Noam Schuss, was, not surprisingly, the
concert’s crowning glory.