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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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