Can't resist sharing this video: the Master plays Hatikvah

A kind soul has just flagged up this 2008 video of Ivry Gitlis leading a 2008 performance of the Israeli national anthem in Germany.

The tempo is brisk, the arrangement less intricate than Kurt Weill’s and the spirit that Ivry imparts is irreproachably universalist.

In his 80s, my dear friend Ivry is looking more and more like David Ben Gurion. But a lot wiser.

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