Wuppertal . In the Stadthalle, the Junge Orchester NRW provided almost 500 listeners with a listening pleasure of the extra class. As a guest, the ensemble, which is composed of young laymen and professionals from all over NRW, welcomed Amit Peled. The Israeli-American cellist is regarded as one of the best soloists of his guild.
"For a free ensemble like ours a great honor", wrote orchestra director Ingo Ernst Reihl in the program booklet. The widow of the century musician Pablo Casals was so impressed by Amit Peled that she entrusted him with the cello of her deceased husband.
On this instrument built in 1733, Peled played the cello concerto by Edward Elgar. It is the last completed work of the English composer - an "autumnal" dark music of great melodic beauty. Visibly bewitched, the audience listened to the penetratingly clear tones with which Peled interpreted the recitative of the first movement.
The orchestra presented the catchy main theme, which the cellist pursued with high intensity. After the fast second movement, Peled showed his art in a flowing elegiac bow, before the orchestra went to the fourth set with Verve. Then the cellist had a powerful performance when he picked up the recitative of the prelude and connected it elegantly to the finale theme.
No, the listeners found that could not be anything. They clapped as long as the cellist came back on stage for a solo. The piece of his choice was "Prayer from Jewish Life". Like Elgar, composer Ernest Bloch let bright and dark colors changieren - only just concentrated on a few minutes. For the musical prayer Peled tones that vibrated with passion.
*please note that this article was translated from German to English