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The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra
Stricker Auditorium, Tel Aviv
A model of the musical researcher-conductor figure, the UK's Andrew Parrott is one of the world's most renowned specialists in early music, and teamed up Thursday for a joint performance with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra. The author of numerous books and papers on the music of the Renaissance and the Baroque period, Parrott had to make do during this particular concert with forces significantly less brilliant than his usual ensembles. Luckily enough, however, his expertise and charisma proved sufficient to raise the level of the performance, and it was delightful to hear the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra produce such a crisp, lively sound, its players eagerly following Parrott's sure hand.
The program consisted of three pieces by German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann. Hailed as one of history's most prolific composers, Telemann wrote music that often sounds, not coincidentally, industrial and lacking in sufficient inspiration.
This was evident in some of the pieces on Thursday's program, but each of the three also contained several wonderful movements.
The New Vocal Ensemble, a local chamber choir of surprisingly high quality, contributed much to the show, while the vocal soloists performed satisfactorily but made a less of an impression than the choir.