The IPO continued its short European tour with a visit to Northern Germany.  From sunny Salzburg, the orchestra landed on a rainy Sunday in Hamburg, the city of Johannes Brahms.  The weather was more like winter in Tel Aviv than summer in Europe; wave after wave of clouds brought rain showers during the 3 days

The first concert was in Kiel at Schloss Kiel Concert hall, home of the Schleswig-Holstein music Festival.

Kiel is a an unattractive port town, due to the destruction during the war but Lubeck, where the IPO appeared the second night, is a beautiful town belonging to the original Hanseatic League.  Its atmosphere is best preserved in the writings of Thomas Mann.  It is still dominated by its churches, its tower gates and the feeling of order and stability.

The program included Beethoven Eighth Symphony, Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky Korsakov and Dvorak’s “From the New World”.


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