Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Dan Porges)
Johann Schmelzer’s Lament on the Death of Ferdinand III was performed in the
Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s recent concert, conducted by David Shemer, to
commemorate its former general manager Aharon Kidron, who died last year. This
partially mournful piece balanced Bach’s humorous Coffee Cantata.
Reich captured the music’s and text’s humor with his sonorous, appealing
baritone- like voice, although advertised as bass. His discreet portrayal of
Schlendrian perfectly conveyed the work’s amusing spirit. As Lieschen, Revital
Raviv’s clear, bright soprano sounded immensely appealing. With her personal
charm, she convincingly represented this spoiled and enchantingly coquettish
girl. Her effortless, light high notes were a delight to hear. However, a
clearer enunciation of the not always understandable libretto, even for native
German speakers, would have been welcome.
Violinist Boris Begelman, as
soloist and conductor, performed an elegant and fluent rendition of Vivaldi’s
with abundant subtle nuances of dynamics and clear-cut articulation
of phrases. His infectious energy enlivened the players with even more than this
orchestra’s usual verve.