Concert Review: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

One of America's foremost violinists, Joshua Bell set a tone of excitement for the local audience at his IPO debut.

By OMER SHOMRONY
November 13, 2005 07:11
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The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Violin: Joshua Bell, Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt Mann auditorium, Tel-Aviv November 5 One of America's foremost violinists, Joshua Bell set a tone of excitement for the local audience at his IPO debut. Playing Brahms' violin concerto, he demonstrated not only formidable technique, but also a great sense of musicality and the kind of bursting energy one would expect of a violinist in his prime (Bell is 37). That being said, one should also note that Bell's performance was almost too perfect; I would have preferred some extra warmth and softness over his polished, brilliant playing. The evening's highlight was in its second part. This part allowed Herbert Blomstedt to embark on a beautiful journey into Dvorak's symphony no. 8, one of the composer's most appealing pieces. And what a journey it was. Conducting by heart - and clearly enjoying the music - Blomstedt inspired the players into a colorful, exciting performance, eliciting a lavish sound and a surprisingly zestful playing. Having praised Blomstedt for his Dvorak reading, it must be said that his opening piece, Mozart's symphony no. 35 ("Haffner"), was a pleasant, yet unmoving piece.


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