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DEDIK'S POTENT BEETHOVEN AND CHOPIN AT SPRING LAKE VILLAGE RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Monday, September 17, 2018
Anastasia Dedik returned Sept. 17 to the Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series in a recital that featured three familiar virtuoso works in potent interpretations. Chopin’s G Minor Ballade hasn’t been heard in Sonoma County public concerts since a long-ago Earl Wild performance, and Beethoven’s...
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DUO WEST OPENS OCCIDENTAL CONCERT SEASON
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Before a full house at the Occidental Performing Arts Center Sept. 9 the cello-piano Duo West, playing from score throughout, presented a recital that on paper looked stimulating and thoughtful. Beginning with MacDowell’s To A Wild Rose (from Woodland Sketches, Op. 51), the transcription by an unan...
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CELLO-PIANO DUO IN HUSKY SPRING LAKE VILLAGE PROGRAM
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Two thirds of the way through a stimulating 22-concert season the Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series Sept. 5 presented two splendid cello sonatas before 110 people in the Village’s Montgomery auditorium. A duo for more than a decade, East Bay musicians cellist Monica Scott and pianist Hadle...
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EXTRAVAGANT FUSION OF STYLES AT CHRIS BOTTI BAND WEILL HALL CONCERT
by Jerry Dibble
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Trumpeter Chris Botti still performs in jazz venues including SF Jazz and The Blue Note, but now appears mostly in cavernous halls or on outdoor stages like the Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. He brought his unique road show to the packed Weill Hall August 12 in a concert of effusive e...
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SCHUBERT "MIT SCHLAG" AT VOM FESTIVAL MORNING CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The spirit of 19th century Vienna was present July 29 on the final day of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. The Festival in the second half of July glittered with innovative programming and the new, old sound of original instruments played by musicians who love music with historic instruments. ...
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PASSIONATE BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG MUSIC CLOSES VOM FESTIVAL SUMMER
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 29, 2018
An extraordinary program of chamber music by Brahms and Schoenberg attracted a capacity crowd to the Valley of the Moon Music Festival’s final concert July 29th in Sonoma’s Hanna Center. It opened with a richly expressive reading by Festival Laureate violinist Rachell Wong and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur...
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PRAGUE AND VIENNA PALACE GEMS HIGHLIGHT VOM FESTIVAL CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Saturday, July 28, 2018
The remarkable Valley of the Moon Chamber Music Festival presented a concert called “Kinsky Palace” July 28 on their final Festival weekend in Sonoma’s Hanna Center. Two well-known treasures and one lesser gem were programmed. Starting the afternoon offerings were violinist Monica Huggett and Fest...
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INNOVATIVE CHAMBER WORKS IN HANNA CENTER CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Sunday, July 22, 2018
The Valley of the Moon Music Festival presented a July 22 concert featuring three giants: Haydn, Schubert and Schumann, composers who altered music of their time with creative innovations and artistic vision. In the fourth season the Festival’s theme this year is “Vienna in Transition”, and VOM Fes...
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VIENNA INSPIRATION FOR VOM FESTIVAL PROGRAM AT HANNA CENTER
by Nicki Bell
Saturday, July 21, 2018
A music-loving audience filled Sonoma’s Hanna Center Auditorium July 21 to begin a record weekend of three concerts, produced by the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. The Festival’s theme this summer is “Venice in Transition – From the Enlightenment to the Dawn of Modernism” Prior to Saturday’s m...
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VANHAL QUARTET AT VOM FESTIVAL DISCOVERY AT HANNA CENTER
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, July 15, 2018
A near-capacity crowd of 220 filled the Sonoma Hanna Boys Center Auditorium July 15 for the opening concert of the fourth Valley of the Moon Music Festival. This Festival presents gems of the Classical and early Romantic periods performed on instruments of the composer’s era, which presents a few ch...
RECITAL REVIEW
Sebastopol Center For The Arts / Saturday, February 19, 2011
Antonio Iturrioz, piano

Pianist Antonio Iturrioz

GODOWSKY TRANSCRIPTIONS HIGHLIGHT SEBASTOPOL ARTS CENTER RECITAL

by Richard Wayland
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Guerneville pianist Antonio Iturrioz exhibited masterful playing Feb. 19 in a Sebastopol Center for the Arts recital. The venue with 100 in attendance was small, as was the marginal piano, but Mr. Iturrioz’ control of phrasing and attention to detail was formidable.

He began melodiously with a Schumann Romance, OP. 28, No. 2, making it sound so simple, and then performed the Godowsky arrangement of Schumann’s “A Flower to Me Thou Seemest.” It was clearly more Schumann than Godowsky.

Chopin’s Etude in A Flat, Op. 25, No. 1 (Aeolian Harp) was shimmering and sparkling, everything smooth. It was the best live performance of the work that I have heard since 1954 when I got my hand slapped for turning the page a bit early for the performer who was my teacher. Liszt’s popular Consolation No. 3was a good demonstration the Liszt was not all splash and show. It was presented as a mellow, melodic and dreamy inspirational work.

The last piece before the intermission was “Symphonic Metamorphoses on the Artist’s Life Waltzes” of Johann Strauss, arranged by Godowsky, and a test of pianistic prowess. It is exceptionally difficult, and few many pianists attempt it, but it is a staple of Mr. Iturrioz’s repertoire, and he keeps its musicality without meretricious display.

Regarding the performance of Liszt's 2nd Legend (St. Francis Walking on the Waves) one could paraphrase the putative comments in the movie "Amadeus" where Emperor Nicholas II says there were too many notes. Here for Mr. Iturrioz there were many but not too many, and the pianist made the most of them, His range of expression from rippling brook sounds to the roar of torrential cascades was breath taking.

Scriabin’s Nocturne for the Left Hand, Op. 9, was so well done that it was difficult to realize that I was listening to a single hand doing all that work.

The program’s next work, the Schumann Kinderszenen (Op. 15) is also demanding for the performer, but in a far different way than other works on the program. It is not a virtuosic show piece but 13small sections require quick changes in mood in style, and Mr. Iturrioz did each elegantly.

The final item on the program was A Flat Polonaise Fantasie, Op. 61, of Chopin. The work was Chopin’s last large scale work for the piano, composed in 1846, and must have been raised a few eyebrows when introduced. Mr. Iturrioz’ performance made it clear that Chopin was, as Liszt said, taking music in a new direction.

Two encores were offered, Lecuona’s “Noche Azul” and Gottschalk's El Cocole.