Music good 88.
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The attraction in the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s concert last week, conducted
by David Shemer, was Bach’s only seldom-performed Peasant Cantata, one of the
few works where he permits himself some mildly amusing humor.
was expressed discreetly by singers Revital Raviv and Yair
Polishook. Reviv’s bright, somewhat thin and girlish soprano contributed
captivating cuteness and irresistible charm, making one identify with
Polishook’s flirtatious approaches. Polishook displayed an appealing,
friendly baritone, well calculated to win Reviv’s sympathy.
concert’s instrumental first part, it was a pleasure to see Laura Pontecorvo’s
playing of the Baroque transverse flute in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Unfortunately, there was not much to hear because this delicate instrument’s
sound is too soft for the dimensions of this hall. If the hall cannot be
changed, which might be difficult, the program should be changed so as not to
include solos by too weak instruments.
The same is true of David Shemer’s
harpsichord – an instrument designed for an aristocratic salon, not for a
Matters improved audibly when the tutti took its rest in
the slow movement and parts of the final movement, when one could enjoy
Pontecorvo’s caressing sound and Shemer’s authoritative
was a treat despite – or perhaps just
because of – no dinner being served at tables to distract attention from the
music, which should definitely be the main course.