The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble Conductor: Barak Tal Stricker Hall, Tel-Aviv February 5 Insisting on performing some modern music in every concert is one of the Tel-Aviv Ensemble's trademarks. This tendency warrants commendation, but at times can work against them. Presenting three relatively modern pieces in a row, the program was not always gratifying. Listening to Shostakovich's difficult cello concerto after two unknown pieces by Sibelius was already too much to absorb in one sitting, and the following concerto by Menachem Wiesenberg could be described as "overkill" in atonal intensity. Notwithstanding the demanding repertoire, the performance level was in accord with TASE's usual excellence: crisp, sonorous and polished. This young group didn't fail to preserve its reputation. Same goes for cellist Hillel Zori, who gave a hearty, involved reading of the Shostakovich concerto. Also notable was oboist Tamar Inbar on the Mozart piece, with her lively reading and beautiful sound. Had the repertoire been more balanced, I'm sure the concert could have been an even greater success.