Israel Festival:Violin and Piano Recital YMCA, May 30

Despite the solemn declarations of the Israel Festival’s new management that it was going modern, the program of the festival’s first classical music event was quite conventional.

Except for Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen’s Cadenza for Solo Violin, Petteri Iivonen and Ron Regev’s violin and piano recital included familiar composers such as Debussy, Sarasate, Bazzini, Prokofiev and Ben-Haim.

It was a privilege, though, to get to know Iivonen, an outstanding Finnish violinist still unknown on these shores. The strongest impression he made derived from his subtlest nuances of dynamics, ranging from an almost inaudible, soft pianissimo to a caressing piano, through unbelievably delicate shadings in between.


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