A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

music
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

KZNPO CONCERT: FEBRUARY 8 (article first published : 2007-02-10)

A last-minute replacement soloist scored a resounding success in this opening concert of the year given by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in the Durban City Hall.

The Bulgarian violinist Vanya Milanova was due to play the Beethoven Concerto in D major but became ill with influenza a few days before the concert.

Erez Ofer, who is based in Berlin, stepped into the breach at the last minute, playing the same work. He proceeded to give a virtually flawless performance and was rewarded with a prolonged foot-stamping ovation from the audience.

Erez Ofer is one of the many fine musicians to emerge in recent years from Israel. Beethovenís concerto is arguably the greatest work ever written for the violin, and this soloist showed his mastery from the opening phrase for the solo violin to the robust end of the concerto 45 minutes later.

He is a youngish man, a slight figure clad entirely in black for this concert, with a bald head and a fashionably stubbly little beard. He coaxed the most exquisite sounds from his 280-year-old violin, displaying an impeccable technique and a beautiful tone, especially in Beethovenís long meditative passages.

The orchestra, under the baton of another Israeli, Omri Hadari, appearing in his twentieth year as a guest conductor here in Durban, responded admirably, except for a little mishap from the horns at the start of the slow movement.

Incidentally, Erez Oferís calm, undemonstrative and poised stage demeanour is an object lesson to some of our local young violinists who seem to think that swaying contortions are a necessary part of their act.

The other item on the programme was Berliozís Symphonie Fantastique, with the orchestra at its full strength of 70 members for this performance.

Omri Hadari, a compelling figure on the platform, extracted full value from Berliozís brilliant and dynamic score. It all sounded a bit noisy and flamboyant after the serene dignity of the Beethoven, but the audience loved it, judging by the applause at the end. - Michael Green




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart