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									based tunes and cleverly laid out; the                           sung by all was laudably high, crisp           Rubinstein Piano Competition
final item, a Hungarian-infl-                                         and lucid throughout; the                           Winners
uenced Czardas by Pedro                                                   lovely choral Shepherds’ Fare-
Iturralde, ended the recital’s                                              well was movingly delivered         he 12th Arthur Rubinstein International
consistently outstanding
performances by two
                                                                              and on the purely orch-
                                                                               estral side, the harpist
                                                                                                           T    Piano Competition produced no first-
                                                                                                           prize winner in 2008, the top prize having
very gifted artists in                                                         and two flutes gave an      been jointly shared by Roman Rabinovich
brilliant fashion.                                                             atmospheric rendering       from Israel and Ching-Yun Hu from Taiwan.
                  ROBERT                                                       of the young Ishmaelites’   They gave their prizewinners’ concert on 5
       MATTHEW-WALKER                                                        Trio – the only piece of      February at the Wigmore Hall.
                                 Sir Colin Davis                            chamber music composed            Rabinovich took the first half, opening
   Choir of London at                                                    by Berlioz – warm in Medit-       with three Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti.
       Cadogan Hall pics                                             erranean ambience.                    The sonata in E, L.375 and the Sonata in F
                                                                   The Choir of London, founded in         minor L.383 illustrated the fine detail of his
    ’Enfance du Christ – Berlioz’s sacred trilogy   2003, has given UK and world premieres of              playing as well as his complete lack of
L   – an oratorio recounting the tale of the
flight to Egypt – “a work written in the
                                                    works by the likes of John Tavener, Stephen
                                                    Leek and John Rutter; it maintains a special
                                                                                                           flamboyance: he served the composer and was
                                                                                                           a channel for Scarlatti’s music. The chall-
manner of old illuminated missals” as the           focus on the Middle East, with plans this              enging Sonata in G, L.487 drew from him a
composer put it – was the subject of a rapt         summer to return to the West Bank to                   performance of vivacity and virtuosity such as
concert at Cadogan Hall on 24 January with          perform and help stage an international music          must have secured him the prize, but the
the Choir of London and Orchestra conducted         festival at venues across the Palestinian Territ-      impeccable clarity of execution still shone
by Sir Colin Davis. Perhaps the most intimate       ories – its fourth such project. The destruction       through. He brought the same self-effacing
of Berlioz’s main works, L’Enfance is remark-       in an Israeli air strike last December of the          calm and a rock-solid technique to Brahms’
able for its originality, subtle pastel shading     Gaza Music Sc
								
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