"It happened in Abu-Gosh.
Something special was in the air. The conductor, Michael
Shani, lowers his baton and suddenly the church is filled
with ethereal sound, sounds from another world emanating
from the choir and the orchestra. The sounds are
mesmerizing and caress the thick walls of the church. I am
glued to my chair and the entire audience is in awe. A
new, wonderful composer is born.
Take Edo Shirom, 31, whose talent just flows from every
sound. Two pieces are performed: First, an elegy for
strings which is deeply moving and then the piece Lux
Eterna for choir and orchestra. A piece that radiates
magical warmth, like a gigantic luxurious scarf. How can
such magic be released without warning from a piece by a
young Israeli composer?
Shirom presents a rare musical minimalism. An endless flow
of amazing musical patterns. Shirom is a unique synthesis
between the spiritual world of Arvo Parth and the sensual
internal beauty of Kanzeli. His strength emanates from
within, from inner silence and from the repeating and
entrancing patterns that hypnotize us. Halleluya.
The entire concert was a song of praise to good taste. The
conductor, Michael Shani, presented Mozart s Te Deum and
Cherubini s Requiem with a beautiful simplicity. The Tel
Aviv Chamber Choir was at its best and so was the
orchestra. Shani made history.
When the audience demanded an encore, Shani dared to
choose the Israeli piece instead of a well known classical
part. The choir performed Shirom s Lux Eterna once more to
an ecstatic audience."
wonderful composer is born, Hanoch Ron, Music Critic,
Yediot Aharonot (Israelís most widely read daily
newspaper) Appeared on May 31, 2004).
Subtitled: A model of
exquisite taste: The Tel Aviv Chamber Choir in the Abu
Gosh festival of choral music, with Mozart, Cherubini and