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Nitzan Bartana -violin
Kerry Startton - conductor
What came as a surprise at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra’s concert last week was not so much its rather standard program, but 21-year-old Nitzan Bartana’s rendition of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2.
She tossed off this enormously demanding work with brilliant
virtuosity, ease and nonchalance, overcoming the formidable technical
hurdles effortlessly, as a matter of course. Her intonation was
impeccably pure, her articulation incisive and
Melodious themes were well-shaped, with an appealing songful sound.
Even for many mature celebrity violinists this technically difficult
work is a formidable challenge. Paganini might have been pleased.
of a surprise was also Canadian conductor Kerry Startton, till now
unknown on these shores. In Rossini’s Silk Ladder
, and then in Beethoven’s Symphony No.
, he struck a brisk, invigorating tempo, fast but not
over-hurried, with no swallowed notes despite the speed. Into
Beethoven’s often-heard symphony he injected refreshing energies,
overcoming the contempt that could have been bred by the work’s