בחודש מרץ 2007 יצאנו לסיור קונצרטים באוסטריה ושוייץ, במהלכו הופענו באולם ה"קונצרטהאוס" היוקרתי בוינה, ובפסטיבל אינטרלקן בשוייץ. הסולנים שהופיעו איתנו בסיור היו הכנרת פטריציה קופאצ'ינסקיה, הצ'לנית סול גבטה והפסנתרן הנרי סיגפרידסון. האנסמבל זכה בסיור לתגובות נלהבות ולשבחים רבים מהקהל ומהביקורת המקצועית. הנה קטע שנכתב בעיתון השוייצרי "יונגפראו צייטונג" לאחר שני הקונצרטים שלנו בפסטיבל אינטרלקן (מתורגם לאנגלית, במקור בגרמנית):
Interlaken, April 2, 2007
Praising the soloists
Concerts of the Ensemble Tel Aviv Soloists in the Casino Kursaal
The beginning of the Interlaken Classics presented the Ensemble Tel Aviv Soloists twice. On Friday night the trio of Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Cellist Sol Gabetta and Pianist Henri Sigfridsson inspired the public. On the Sunday Matinee Pianist Sigfridsson and the Orchestra showed musical highlights.
The Interlaken Classics have a good start: Besides the convincing appearance of the Wiener Saengerknaben on Thursday two overwhelming Symphony Concerts took place on Friday and Sunday. The favorite work selection of Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn and the exquisite musicians were sweeping the public literally off their seats. Thereby it is hard to decide if the soloists deserve the crown or the young orchestra under the baton of the exceptionally gifted conductor Barak Tal. The two giant posters on each side of the stage that stated: “meet today the classic stars of tomorrow” were not necessary. Optically the thirty musicians of the orchestra proved their youth and their performance added a question mark to “tomorrow”. Their technical and musical presentation approved without any doubt the term "classic stars of today".
Tel Aviv Soloists: conspired unity
The Tel Aviv Soloists were born in 2001, when 26 year old Barak Tal started to fulfill his dream: to bring together the best musicians of the country for temporary projects and to teach them fine orchestra playing. The musicians – all of them soloists – come with a very high individual level, and the pedagogically and artistically equally gifted master of the baton forms a united sound. Thereby he is working without a stick. He is rarely conducting in the common sense. His esthetic hand movements evoke tenderly the singing and sounding of his orchestra. He is conducting without a score, giving his full attention to the orchestra and the soloists, achieving finest harmony.
The trio, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, cellist Sol Gabetta and pianist Henri Sigfridsson – who played already lots of chamber music together and are therefore well attuned to one another – is presenting the diversity of musical expressions in the smallest detail. They are adding humor and are killing thereby the term of classical music as e-music (serious music).
And in addition: in the trio a Moldovan an Argentinean and a Finn found each other.
Matinee with soloist Sigfridsson
Who doesn’t know Beethoven’s dramatic Coroilan Overture and the fancy Triple Concerto as well as Haydn’s famous Symphony No. 10 “The Clock”?
The detailed preparation, the “sacre feu” and the visible and audible sincerity of the musicians materialized a musical experience that presented these well known composers in a new light. This kind of music making was continued in the Matinee on Sunday morning. The soloist was this time only the pianist Henri Sigfridsson. Beethoven’s second piano concerto couldn’t be interpreted more thrilling and brilliant in the first and last movement and more dreamily singing in the middle. The second half of the program with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony gave Barak Tal and the 32 soloists of the Ensemble Tel Aviv the opportunity again to present the romantic jewel in its melodiousness, varying dynamic and virtuosity all imbedded in a well balanced cooperation.