אמש התקיים באמפי פארק רעננה המופע המשותף של להקת תיסלם והתזמורת הסימפונית הישראלית ראשון לציון בהשתתפות נשיא המדינה, מר ראובן (רובי) ריבלין. "תיסלם, יקיריי. אני יודע שהחלום שלכם היה תמיד להופיע עם תזמורת רצינית ומכובדת כמו הסימפונית ראשון לציון המופלאה והנהדרת, ובצדק" אמר הנשיא.
לדבריו, "אמרו לי שבהתחלה תזמורות אחרות לא הסכימו לנגן איתכם כי 'אתם עושים יותר מידי רעש'". אז לסימפונית ראשון לציון, שחוגגת 30 ומגיע לה מזל טוב, אני רוצה להגיד תודה על שבשנת ה-30 שלה היא מוכנה להופיע עם פרחחים כמוכם, ולכם אני רוצה לומר - מי שלא רצה אתכם בהיכל התרבות, קיבל אתכם עם תזמורת הבית של האופרה הישראלית. אז יאללה, תנו לי, תנו לי רוקנרול!
לאחר 20 שנה, הסימפוניה החמישית של ברוקנר חזרה להצטלצל על במות ישראליות. הקהל התנסה בחוויה מיוחדת, קלה לאוזניים אך מחייבת קשב מתמסר
"הסימפוניה החמישית של ברוקנר, שמבוצעת בימים אלה בקונצרטים של התזמורת הסימפונית ראשון לציון תחת ידו של דן אטינגר — מגיעה לתזמורת ולמנצח תודה נלהבת על כך — לא בוצעה בארץ זה 20 שנה. מבחינת תזמורת ראשל"צ, שיבוץ היצירה היה נועז. ...שום תוכנית שהגישה התזמורת הסימפונית ראשל"צ, מעולם, אינה יכולה להיחשב מאתגרת יותר. ...ברוח עצתו של המוזיקולוג שי בורשטיין, במאמר לרגל הביצוע ב–1998, פשוט "הלכתי עם ברוקנר" — והתרשמתי מאוד. בפרק האחרון אפילו נסחפתי. "
"קונצרט מיוחד עם חידושים,ביצוע נהדר שכלל גם מוסיקה יפה שלא שומעים כל יום.מומלץ."
With the Opening of the New Season
"…. I have to admit, that I do not remember a more persuasive conducting of Ettinger, than last night's rendition of SymphonieFantastique. The work became a piece de resistance, in its ability to fascinate from the first to the last note. Moreover, the narrative effect of the work came into life while enjoying our ears from the pure sound aspect….
The Berlioz' Symphony performance was excellent, and it made one wonder how could "the State Culture Administration" grade the Israel Symphony Orchestra RishonLeZion, the way it did, in the quality scale of Israel's Orchestras. I do highly recommend the administration committee members to listen to this performance of the Berlioz SymphonieFantastique. It was excellent!"
Ha'aretz, Haggai Hitron : 18th Sept. 2006
Berlioz full of Vitamins
"Like a big vulture spreading its wings, Dan Ettinger spread his hands to both sides and the RishonLeZionSympohny orchestra played SymphonieFanatastique, fantastically, and mainly without sweetness.This was a musical electric shock..Ettinger took the orchestra to hitherto unknown heights..That is the way to open a season.. This is Ettinger. This is an orchestra. You know where you should invest!
YediotAharonotHanochRon : 18th Sep. 2006
Fresh and Stylish
This concert had every ingredient that makes a program delightful: three programmatic works, beautifully integrated, excellent performance and strings, winds and percussion instruments at their best…Ettinger created from these elements a rich sound picture, the movements united into a structure to be defined in one word only: Fantastic."
Maariv,OraBinur 18th Sept. 2006
The Israel Symphony Orchestra RishonLeZion, opened the new season successfully with an interesting program and an excellent performance under the baton of its music director, Dan Ettinger. In the RishonLeZion Performing Arts Center we heard an orchestra with a warm, brilliant and well-polished sound…
Kol Israel (Israel's Radio) The Culture Diary Danny Bloch 18th Sept. 2006
Beauty and Character
"The opening concert was successful and instructive… the cheers and the shouts
"The phantastique was fantastic" were justified…
HaZofe Ruth Ben-Zvi 29th Sept. 2006
Dan Ettinger is a varied and multi-disciplinary musician, and from one concert to the next, he stands out as a superb symphonic conductor. He presented a fascinating and interesting program brilliantly performed…Shostakovich's Dance Suite, with an excellent performance of Israeli dancer Talia Paz, was indeed a challenging experience. David Garrett's rendition of Bruch's Violin Concerto was fascinating and the concert ended with a terrific and intensive performance of Mozart's 40th Symphony.
Kol Israel (Israel's Radio) The Culture Diary Danny Bloch 9th Nov. 2006
From Light to Lofty
Dan Ettinger's interpretation to Mozart's Symphony No. 40 was interesting and yielded from the orchestra an achievement to be honoured and cherished. The full symphonic sound was soft and fine without hurting the lofty lightness. Even on the 100hearing the first movement was amazing as ever…"
Ha'aretz, Haggai Hitron : 12th Nov. 2006
Voice is not everything
….It was rewarding to be proven again that the Israel Symphony Orchestra RishonLeZioncan adjust itself to a period appropriate style. This time it is not baroque like in Handel's Giulio Cesare, in the last season, but the classical era (1777). The strings headed by first violinist galena Glushkin, carried out their mission without vibrato and with great agility.
Ha'aretz, Haggai Hitron : 26th Nov. 2006
Fire at the Opera
…With Sebastian Roulandevery thing flows lively, and painfully subtle, And what colours he draws from the Orchestra…The Israel Symphony orchestra RishonLeZion, sounded this time as our best orchestra. Its thanks to the orchestra amazing flexibility in the wind instruments. And thanks to the strings that yielded a vibrato-superfluous-cholesterol free sound. Beautiful.
YediotAharonotHanochRon : 26th Non. 2006
The ISORL under its Music Director, Dan Ettinger, has shown in last night's concert, its superb ability, to compete with its elder "sister" the Israel Philharmonic on the leadership of orchestral scene in Israel. Ettinger and the orchestra have presented an outstanding performance of Mahler's First Symphony. Ettinger took great care in shaping every detail..especially beautiful was the sound of the wind instruments.. This was Mahler with all his Glory.
Danny Bloch, Voice of Israel, 14. 10.2007
In both the Beethoven Concerto and the Mahler's First Symphony, we heard an excellent team of wind instruments, the bassoon, oboe, clarinet and flute, all had wonderful moments…
OraBinur, Ma'ariv 15.10.07
This was a real event, not just because the ISORL's level has reached a position that makes it quite clear, that the current ambition of the ISORL is to compete with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra..in the ISORL's home auditorium; one of the best concert halls in Israel, he "Pulcinella" concert was a feast for eyes and ears,
Yossi Tavor, Radio REKA 17.12.2007
…When did you hear recently that the public attending a symphony orchestra - which is not the Israel Philharmonic - faces night after night a closed box offices with the sign "sold out" in front of it?.. Perhaps never… one could see in the audience many young people who could exult and applaud, and at the same time, can listen in total silence, with no cell-phones or coughing; like in the regular subscribers' series..
Noam Ben Ze'ev Ha'aretz, 20.12.2007
Young Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger is a rising star on the global conducting scene. His conducting style and technique is strikingly similar to that of his patron, Daniel Barenboim. He too has complete command of his orchestra and great sense for color, rhythm and drama. This was most apparent in the second part of the evening, when he presented a ravishing performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" symphonic suite. This colorful piece also served to showcase the orchestra's fine soloists, spearheaded by its first violinist Ekart Lorenzen. …
Omer Shomrony, The Jerusalem Post, 25.12.2007
"Forza delDestino" success is, with no doubt whatsoever, the success of conductor Asher Fisch, who establish the music as the first and foremost leader of the operatic production. During the three hours of music there were no dull moments. Tension was well preserved throughout, in both the orchestra and chorus….The ISORL,under Asher Fisch; is doing an excellent work. Verdi has written some superb solo parts for the instrumentalists and flutist MargalitGafni, oboist Gabriella Bukovsky, harpist Ruth Ma'ayani and on top of all of them Clarinettist Michael Gurfinkel are creating exciting arias, performed with the highest quality. Music' is the main reason to attend the current production of "Forza delDestino"…
Yossi Schiffmann "Habama" 8.1.2008
Power of a conductor
The ISORL sounded simply "out of this world". Just an excellent orchestra. These two, the conductor and the orchestra have raised the orchestra in two grades.
Hanoch Ron, YediotAahronot 9.1.2008
Asher Fisch excelled in conduction the orchestra..he succeeded in presenting the entire pallet of the orchestration colors….
Yehoash Hirschberg "Voice of Jerusaelm" 11.1.2008
Sibelius 5th symphony with Dan Ettinger..was a spectacular presentation of every instrumental group in the orchestra, A presentation, that stressed the excellent abilities of the ISORL that indeed is getting better and beter..
The ISORL is playing G-r-e-a-t. Conductor Calderon is a real discovery…"
Hanoch Ron GaleiTzahal Radio 14.3.08
The ISORL is spoiling us with a musical performance, which is a fat-less interpretation. Tempo is clear, Sound is pure and every exotic sound is pure.
YirmiPinkusYedoth Tel-Aviv News 14.3.08
The ISORL with conductor Neil Thomson, simply shined and danced and in Dvorak's 7th symphony, the orchestra expressed Lyricism and Pathos. The romantic sound and the almost Folk Dances were all performed in balance, and clear sound, they coped successfully with Mozart and made the impossible possible….
Noam Ben Zeev "Ha'aretz" 11.6.2008
Fiery Spanish Temperament
“…the new colors are found in the brilliant music of Bizet (Carmen), in the arias and in the flute solo – that was played splendidly…the RishonLeZion Symphony Orchestra is outstanding, and the wind instruments are wonderful…”
June 9, 2009 Ma’ariv, OraBinur
Fish began with almost silent music that grew, slowly building more and more tension, like a riddle in search of a solution. The trumpets and trombones that followed were extremely dazzling. The second movement, called Noah’s Ark because of the pairs of instruments that appear in it, was transparent and danceable, with excellent tempo. All of the pairs of wind instruments were outstanding in their performance. The strings took control of the third movement and Fish brought a wonderful contradiction of an almost pathetic lament. He also emphasized Bartok’s grotesque joke about Shostakovich and the audience laughed in enjoyment.
….. This was a concert that left everyone feeling good, and even ended with an encore with the singers.
June 20, 2009 Ma’ariv, OraBinur
A BATON ATTACK
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a crop of such talented Israeli conductors.
“Daniel Barenboim and Daniel Oren are already there, and now Dan Ettinger is joining them. Ettinger, 38, is the chief conductor and artistic director of the RishonLetzion Orchestra – the orchestra of the Israeli Opera – which has become our best symphony orchestra; especially in everything concerning the wind instruments, both woodwinds and brass. At the end of the summer he will become the musical director of the Mannheim Opera, in Germany, and the following year will get an addition boost to the position of the musical director and chief conductor of one of Japan’s leading orchestras. No less….
June 26, 2009, Hanoch Ron, YediotAchronot
At the end of the season, the Israeli RishonLeZion Symphony Orchestra presented us with a summery concert under the title of “Invitation to the Dance”, under the excellent leadership of its musical director, Dan Ettinger…It was extraordinarily successful. A sweeping performance of Suite No.2 for Flute by Bach, performed by the flutist Eyal Ein Haber…the premier of a work by Shimon Cohen, “To Dance”. The composer chose the framework of familiar Baroque suites and instilled modern, up-to-date content in it. The result was impressive and enjoyable.”
July 21, 2009, Kol Israel, Reshet B, Danny Bloch
Spices, Perfumes, Toxins: Only Amazement
The concerts of the first rate RishonLeZion Orchestra, in its auditorium, are a pure and recommended symphonic experience. “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins” by Avner Dorman, for two string instruments and orchestra, arouses amazement – by the rhythmic complexity as well as the combinations of styles and the dizzying artistry of Yariv and Morag.
Sept. 14, 2009 Ha’aretz, Hagai Hitron
“The epitome was the fascinating and beautiful performance of the slow movement (Tchaikovsky) with subtle solo sections by Michal Amit on the English horn and the long cadenza of the first violinist Lorenzen….the technical control (of PercaDu in Dorman’s composition) was more than virtuosity. It was stunning!...”
Sept. 21, 2009 Ma’ariv, OraBinur
“…The opening ( “The Marksman”) which was also the opening of yesterday’s concert, set a very high standard for all that followed: in their good performance, the conductor Dan Ettinger and the orchestra flew the audience into the midst of the Black Forest and its mystery (composed by Weber), with the interesting colors of the entire orchestra, and the juxtaposition of components of power and height, speed and tones.Ettingeris gifted with an extraordinary sense of timing, and he can stretch silence within the composition until almost the limit of patience, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats with tension. The precision and taste continued through into the next work, Mozart’s Violin Concert no. 1: here the good taste was that of the soloist Ekart Lorenzen who made a proud showing of this little musical gem, Mozart’s youthful composition, with charm and virtuosity….charm and gentility were also there in the following composition (Prokofiev – the Classical Symphony)…it was nice to see how much the conductor and the musicians themselves enjoy the performance, and infect the audience with it.
Oct. 10, 2009 Ha’aretz, Noam Ben Zeev
From Mozart to CarminaBurana – a Journey of Pleasures
The first part of the concert, Mozart’s Symphony no. 25 in G minor K. 183, was conducted by Ettinger without a baton and without the score and it has been a long time since I have heard it played with richness such as he produced from the orchestra.…Ettinger, this time with a baton and the partitura, conducted 24 sections of Orff’s flagrant oratorio with amazing fluidity and complete control ….When the audience cheered him and applauded with the rhythmic applause that accompanied the concluding bows, Ettinger knew to thank his soloists, the choruses that were crystal clear and shining, all of the orchestra sections and their soloists and leading them – the wind instruments, the percussion and tympany, the pianist and the celestist who responded to him with perfection and extraordinary precision, and of course the strings who accompanied their companions excitement and drama with enthusiasm.
Nov. 12, 2009 Habama, Tzvi Goren
The fact that Ettinger is leading the RishonLetzion Orchestra is a real asset for it. He possesses everything essential for a successful conductor: his stage presence is full of energy and charm, his connection with the musicians is excellent, and most important of all – he is simply an amazingly musical guy. His conducting is very liberated rhythmically while at the same time, precise and clear. Exactly the way that musicians like…the performance, in any case, is very impressive. “CarminaBurana” was written for an enormous ensemble: the orchestra in its fullest company, three soloists, two adult choruses (the “Ichud” and the chorus of the Israeli Opera) and a children’s chorus (“Bat Kol” chorus, comprised entirely of girls). Ettinger lead the performers in a performance that was powerful and full of color, bringing the audience to thunderous and justified applause…. The orchestra sounded wonderful and particularly worthy of praise were the winds and the strings. To summarize: an impressive introduction of Ettinger and his friends, very worthwhile to come and listen.
Nov.12, 2009 Globes, Omer Shomroni
… Many times the climax comes and grows until it burstsdynamically and physically. Dan Ettinger the conductor, demonstrates these structures with intensities, real and internal and in this manner succeeds in brings and electrifying tension into the auditorium… He actually has to take a deep breath and allow the climax to fade before he continues on…I give Ettinger the first prize, for beyond this work he has created quite a reputation around the world and brings pride to the nation.
Nov. 16, 2009 Ma’ariv, OraBinur
"….Conducted by Daniel Oren, the Symphony Orchestra RishonLezion sounded exceptionally well-phrased and dramatic, yet also extremely delicate in passages that required it."
The Jerusalem Post, Uri Epstein27.4.2009
Ravel's La Valse, under Forster, was stormy, exotic, full of life and rich in its shades.. The orchestra gave itself and responded in playing as fresh as ever…
OraBinur, Ma'ariv 10 December 2009
The ISO has produced a crystal and flexible sound…
Omer Shomroni, Globes 11 February 2010
..It seems the ISO becomes better and Better from performance to performance its woodwind, percussions and strings sound perfect….
OraBinur, Ma'ariv 16 March 2010
With Daniel Oren, in the dramatic parts the poetic becomes outstanding and in the lyrical parts are painted with gentled drama. The ISO musicians play like hypnotized. When can we hear a Israeli orchestra producing such a subtle sound?!
Hanoch Ron, YediotAharonot 14 April 2010
The ISO with Ilan Volkov at the helm sounded like a real modernistic orchestra playing Ayal Adler's "Crystallization"…
Noam Ben Zeev, Haaretz 25 May 2010
The ISO under Volkov, left an impressive mark in both Schumann' s Piano Concerto, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 … Volkov achieved a reach musical statement in individual parts and in the orchestral sound….
OraBinur, Maariv 31 May 2010
We are talking of the Best Symphony Orchestra in Israel!
Hanoch Ron, YediotAharonot 18 July 2010
YoavTalmilead the ISO and showed how one can create a specially interesting performance to a so well know work as Beethoven's "Eroica"….
Amir Kidron, TelAviv City 13. October 2010
"….Conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, the Symphony Orchestra RishonLezion expressed the work's emphatic contrasts, abundant tone colors and dramatic climaxes."
The Jerusalem Post, Uri Epstein20.3.2011