The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra it opened its Jerusalem concert season months after Tel Aviv, and without its attractions Carmen and Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony. There was no reason to regret conductor Valery Gergiev’s canceling his performance with the IPO. His sudden absence provided a welcome last-minute opportunity for Israeli conductor Yaron Gottfried to perform as a substitute. He did so authoritatively and most impressively, emerging as a conductor of stature who deserves to be invited to IPO concerts in his own right, not as a mere substitute.
The IPO’s recent concert presented an all-Shostakovich program.