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"No doubt the girl knows her job" - review from Tel Aviv

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This is the first review of the concert written by Omar Samaritan for the Globes, a local newspaper. For those who read Hebriew, the article can be found in the "Culture" section. For the rest of us, you have it below. The translation is "so and so". But you understand everyting. The author was not very impressed by the concert. He liked it but not to that extent to say it was THE concert. There is also a nice picture from the concert on that website.
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He didn't mention the entire program but just some arias:
* O mio babbino caro
* Habanera
* something from La Rondine - probably Il bel sogno di Doretta
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Annual gala concert of the Philharmonic was last night (Saturday) marked a 40 year tenure of Zubin Mehta, music director of the orchestra, it became identified with it completely. His endless criticism of Mehta became Levon - ton, and not always correctly: Beyond his ability as a conductor, international connections are a great asset and their right to come here big names for ridiculous wages. A good example was the appearance at a concert of soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
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Gheorghiu (44) belongs to the world's top opera singers, whose appearance had discovered Cshihok. Although this concert was not exciting or breathtaking, but the fantastic quality of her poetry has provided many beautiful moments. Mehta gave Gheorghiu expressing rhythmic freedom.
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The concert consisted of alternating short orchestral sections and sections of poetry accompanied by the orchestra. Most parts were sung operatic arias of Verdi, Puccini and Bizet ("Carmen"), some familiar and some less. Another part of the program, smaller sections of the kiss was light music. The program promised sensual pleasure, but did not provide the kind that gets throat passages.
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All in all the selected repertoire was incoherent combination of different segments, strongly prevented the rise of emotion from the singer and the audience. 'Therefore, the impression was more of less of Ftifurim main course. Oddly, the most exciting moment was the orchestral concert: It was saccharine and sentimental piece of Piazzolla called "Hello Grandpa", which Mehta and the orchestra showed intimacy every couple was proud of her.
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Energy in terms of quality music, concert gala took on a very good IPO. The band played a warm and rich sound, Mehta led her all the concentration and enthusiasm. Beyond that, it was a pleasure to see the connection between him and Gheorghiu. Mehta learned master, accompanied by soloists, and last night is well evident. He gave Gheorghiu rhythmic freedom of expressing, in turn made sure to escort her to be precise to get it. In most cases it worked well, except in places where the orchestra covered the singer in terms of power.
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With regard to Gheorghiu herself, can sum up the concert a success, especially in the second part. In vocal Gheorghiu was and remains an excellent singer. She has excellent technique for optimal voice control, which allows her to sing in a free and without any apparent effort. Lions is particularly impressive soprano, which is her natural voice. It was hard not to admire her singing high range, its ability to combine poetry with quiet strong dramatic expression. This was especially true lions of the beautiful Rondine and Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, which were wonderful. On the other hand, insistence integrate an aria from "Carmen", written for mezzo - soprano, showed low sounds is a little less at home.
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Subtle flirting with the audience
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Beyond voice, Gheorghiu has proven that it is also a charming stage that can easily hold an audience of thousands of people. This included subtle flirting with the audience and the conductor, replacing the three dresses throughout the evening, a veiled dance sexy as needed. No doubt the girl knows her job. The second part of the evening was more successful in that aspect, too, that the more emotionally touched and that was warmer in terms of repertoire.
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The sweetest sounds in the evening actually came from the orchestra Fund Chairman, Michael Tzlrmayer, a gala event at the Hilton Hotel Orchestra Foundation. Occasion, attended by many Israeli business community, announced that Tzlrmayer finally become steps to promote the long-awaited renovation of Mann Auditorium. He said, The renovation should begin next season, while maintaining the original character of the hall. The orchestra is crying out for renovation this for years, and apparently now even Tel - Aviv determined to promote it.
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