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CHORAL AND VOCAL
A SEASONAL MESSIAH WITH BALANCE AND HEFT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, December 10, 2017
The mid-December concert season seems for jaded reviewers to invariably include a Messiah performance, and perhaps a Messiah in a long string of similar and mundane performances. This was decidedly not the case when San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque mounted Handel’s eminent three-part 1742 Orato...
SYMPHONY
ANDREW GRAMS FINDS HIS GROOVE WITH SR SYMPHONY IN RACHMANINOFF
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, December 03, 2017
Last Sunday’s Santa Rosa Symphony concert featured two elegant and refined guests: music director candidate Andrew Grams and pianist Stewart Goodyear. Both displayed dazzling technique and consummate artistry, but Goodyear was the more consistent of the two. Some of Grams’ inconsistency may have st...
SYMPHONY
SONIC SPLASH AND ENSEMBLE DELICACY AT SO CO PHIL CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Franck’s wonderful D Minor Symphony is a rarity on today’s concert programs, and I can’t remember a North Bay performance in many years from any of the six resident area orchestras. So it was good to see the Sonoma County Philharmonic feature it in their Nov. 18 and 19 concerts at Santa Rosa High S...
CHAMBER
TETZLAFF QUARTET'S MASTERY IN MOZART AND SCHUBERT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, November 11, 2017
German violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff presented a critically successful Weill Hall recital Feb. 18, and returned to the same venue Nov. 11 with his admirable Tetzlaff Quartet in a program of Berg, Schubert and Mozart. Clarity of ensemble has always been a hallmark of this Quartet, and contrapun...
CHAMBER
RAVISHING SHORT OPERAS FROM FRENCH TROUPE IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 10, 2017
Standard Weill Hall fall and winter classical programs are pretty routine – symphonic music, chamber, solo recitals – so it was a rare treat Nov. 10 when just two works from the 17th century were gloriously presented. With such specialized compositions, period performers with commanding authenticit...
SYMPHONY
MEI-ANN CHEN PROVES A WORTHY CONTENDER FOR SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY CONDUCTING POST
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, November 05, 2017
These days the focus of Santa Rosa Symphony concerts is as much on the conductor candidates as on the soloists. This past weekend’s concerts featured the second of those candidates, Mei-Ann Chen, along with pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, each of whom cut an imposing figure on the stage. Chen is diminut...
SYMPHONY
TO RUSSIA WITH BRILLIANCE
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 03, 2017
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev’s high velocity and frequently slam-bang virtuosity came to the Green Music Center last year with a thrilling and equally perplexing solo performance. So many in Weill Nov. 3 were interested to hear if his pianistic style would mesh well in a concerto, and with a fine ...
SYMPHONY
THUNDEROUS TCHAIKOVSKY FOURTH OPENS MARIN SYMPHONY SEASON
by Terry McNeill
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
North Coast weather is turning cool and the nights longer, ideal for Tchaikovsky’s big boned symphonies. The Santa Rosa Symphony recently programmed the Fourth (F Minor Symphony) as did the San Francisco Symphony. Norman Gamboa’s Sonoma County Philharmonic just played the Tchaikovsky First, forgoi...
RECITAL
RESPIGHI'S PUNGENT SONATA HIGHLIGHTS KENNEY-GUTMAN RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Respighi’s B Minor Violin Sonata seems never to gain conventional repertoire status. Perhaps the great Heifetz recording is intimidating, and I can recall over many years just two local performances: Jason Todorov and William Corbett-Jones years go in Newman, and a titanic reading in March by Anne S...
CHAMBER
MIRÓ QUARTET AND JEFFERY KAHANE PROVIDE MUSICAL RELIEF FOR FIRE-RAVAGED SONOMA COUNTY
by Steve Osborn
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Sonoma County’s Green Music Center has stood silent but unscathed the past few weeks as the county begins to recover from the devastating fires that began on the evening of October 8, only a few hours after a Santa Rosa Symphony concert in the Music Center. Since then, concerts by the Symphony, the ...
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Heinberg Tubridy Duo / Saturday, December 30, 2017
Richard Heinberg, violin; Sonia Morse Tubridy, piano

Sonia Tubridy (l) and Richard Heinberg Dec. 30 in Guerneville

HOME RECITAL BACH COMPLETES HOLIDAY SEASON

by Terry McNeill
Saturday, December 30, 2017

The just closing 2017 year was a calamity for many, but locally in music there were joys galore, and it was fitting Dec. 30 have the balm of two Bach’s violin sonatas in a private Guerneville home recital hosted by the eminent musician Sonia Tubridy.

Violinist Richard Heinberg joined Ms. Tubridy in a program that began with the C Minor Sonata, BWV 1017. Both the four-movements Sonatas featured judicious tempos and made minimal reference to current Baroque music practices of minimal vibrato, slight ritards and lower string-tension sound. Repeats were carefully taken and the sadness and lament character of much of the music came through clearly in the long opening largo and the third-part adagio. Balances were occasionally a problem with Ms. Tubridy’s piano line covering the violin part, and Mr. Heinberg’s intonation can waver in extended single notes.

In the complex second movement allegro the violinist’s trills were secure and the playing was agile and convincing. The allegro finale displayed a fugue that took time to develop, and the duo played deftly the many thematic transformations and inversions.

Finishing the afternoon was the E Major Sonata (BWV 1016), a more sunny work built on the same slow-fast-slow-fast movement structure as the C Minor. The beginning adagio was played romantically in a deliberate tempo, emphasizing the march-like rhythms, and the adagio ma non tanto had traits of a yearning love song, with a mysterious ending. There wasn’t a hint of schmaltz.

To sharp applause one encore was offered, the opening (andante) movement from the Bach A Major Second Sonata (BWV 1015).

Between the two Sonatas the duo adroitly demonstrated technical details of the works, including encompassing three lines (two separate ones in the piano and one in the violin line) and Bach’s frequent use of dissonance. The examples they presented of contrapuntal writing in the E Major’s second movement were especially enlightening.




Events Calendar

CHAMBER
Agave Baroque
Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:00 PM - San Anselmo
Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Aaron Westman, violin; William Skeen, cello and gamba, Henry Lebedinsky,
Carpentier and Carissimi: Motets: Couperin: Apothéose De Lully; Jean-Fery Rebel TBA; Tartini (TBA) and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Dido and Aneas (Purcell) arrangement $30 general/$25 seniors/$10 SFEM...
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CHAMBER
Delphi Trio
Saturday, January 20, 2018
7:30 PM - Occidental
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano; Liana Bérubé, violin; Michelle Kwon, cello
Balcom: Trio (2014); Beethoven: E-Flat Trio, Op. 70, No. 2; Brahms: Trio in C Minor. Op. 101...
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CHAMBER
Green Music Center
Sunday, January 21, 2018
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano
Program: TBA...
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Music Teachers Association of California So Co Branch
Sunday, January 21, 2018
3:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Philip Beard, trumpet; Abbie Gabrielson, Gwen Churchill, Amy Wong and Mary Beard, piano; Mary Kemnec
Hovaness: Ptayer of St. Gregory; Rachmaninoff: Preludes in D and G from Op. 23; Glinka "The Lark" (Balakirev arrangement); Bach: Toccata in D Minor; Schubert: Der Hirt Auf Der Felsen (The Shepherd on ...
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CHORAL AND VOCAL
Cantiamo Sonoma
Sunday, January 21, 2018
5:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Cantiamo Sonoma. Carol Menke, director

Choral Evensong: music by Lassus, Poulenc, W.J.Stopford, John Sanders, Louis Bourgeois and Nicolas Custer Freewill Donation is Requested...
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SYMPHONY
Ukiah Symphony
Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:00 PM - Ukiah
Les Pfutzenreuter, conductor. Elizabeth MacDougall, piano; Randy Masselink and John Lounsbery, horn
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Horns; Artunian: Trumpet Concerto; Joseph Nemeth: Piano Concerto; additional works TBA Tickets: $25; Seniors $20; under 18 free...
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CHAMBER
Valley of the Moon Music Festival
Saturday, January 27, 2018
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Eric Vivian, piano; Tanya Tomkins, cello; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Catherine Manson, violin and viol
Schumann: Fairy Tales for Viola, Clarinet and Piano; pieces for Clarinet and Piano by Gade and Schumann A Subscription to three VOM Festival concerts (1/27, 3/31, 5/12) is $70...
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SYMPHONY
Vallejo Symphony
Sunday, January 28, 2018
3:00 PM - Vallejo
Marc Taddei, conductor. Cecile Licad, piano
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (Overture-Fantasy); Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 for Piano in C Minor, Op. 35; Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550...
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SYMPHONY
Ukiah Symphony
Sunday, January 28, 2018
3:00 PM - Ukiah
Les Pfutzenreuter, conductor. Elizabeth MacDougall, piano; Randy Masselink and John Lounsbery, horn
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Horns; Artunian: Concerto for Trumpet; Joseph Nemeth: Piano Concerto; other music TBA Tickets: $25; Seniors $20; under 18 free...
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SYMPHONY
Marin Symphony
Sunday, January 28, 2018
3:00 PM - San Rafael
Alasdair Neale, conductor. David Fung, piano
Mozart: A Major Concerto, K. 488; Puts: Two Mountain Scenes; Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70...
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