A first IPO performance of an Israeli work was presented by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in its recent concert – Lior Navok’s First Fruits.
The work’s title suggests the question of whether the fruits are already ripe or not. Those of Navok seem to be an adolescent manipulation of sonorities – tensionless and directionless sounds without linear development, coming from nowhere and leading nowhere. Solo and sometimes duo motifs take turns on the background of an undefinable orchestral tutti conglomerate. This first attempt of an obviously fairly talented young composer may prove useful whenever a local orchestra needs a 12-minute made-in-Israel piece to open a concert.