Israeli Tsvi Avni’s performance of his Metamorphoses on a Chorale by Bach (1985) was the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s tribute to contemporary Israeli music in its recent concert. In its future programs, too, such a tribute should hopefully be more than wishful thinking.
Predictably, the French musician brothers Renaud and Gauthier Capucon were perfectly coordinated and mutually attentive in Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello. Gauthier sang on his cello with a sonorous, rich and warm tone, while Renaud contributed brilliance and well-polished virtuosity on his violin. This performance brought Brahms’ emotional Romanticism to vibrant life.