Concert Review: Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, in a flawless, inspired and lively rendition was the concert’s crowning glory.

margaret flawless_58 (photo credit: Courtesy)
margaret flawless_58
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Mostly Italian and French Baroque
YMCA Auditorium
February 1
The difference between the Italian and the French Baroque music styles was intended to be highlighted in the program of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s recent concert, conducted by Margaret Flawless.
Obvious though the difference between these two styles may have appeared to their contemporaries, from the distance of 300 years it does not seem quite so significant anymore.

Therefore, a little more diversity of the presented works’ styles, orchestrations and forms might have made this program more attractive.
Nevertheless, the sophisticated Passacaglia of Muffat’s Armonico Tributo was a welcome and refreshing change from the more conventional pieces.
Moreover, the Air of the Bacchanales of the Eighth Concerto, “In the Theatrical Taste,” by Couperin, though he was not an opera composer himself, sounded most dramatic.
Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, in a flawless, inspired and lively rendition by Flawless and Noam Schuss, was, not surprisingly, the concert’s crowning glory.