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GLITTERING PIANISM IN LI'S OAKMONT RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Piano prodigies have always been a fascination for the music public, and the greatest of them (some were Mozart, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Saint Saëns, Hofmann) went on to legendary fame. George Li, who made is local debut at a Music at Oakmont recital April 11, was a remarkable recent keyboard prodigy t...
Symphony
SO CO PHIL'S SEASON CLOSER WITH EXPANSIVE PROKOFIEV 5TH IN JACKSON
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 07, 2019
Closing their 20th season with their usual programming aplomb, the Sonoma County Philharmonic played a provocative set of concerts April 6 and 7 in the Jackson Theater, the Orchestra’s new home at the Sonoma Country Day School by the Sonoma County Airport. Local composer Nolan Gasser’s Sonoma Overt...
Choral and Vocal
SISTINE CHAPEL INSPIRATION FOR THE TALLIS SCHOLARS IN WEILL HALL
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Friday, April 05, 2019
Returning to Weill Hall April 5 after a seven year absence, the ten singers of the Tallis Scholars brought the sacred choral tradition of Palestrina and his contemporaries to an audience of delighted music lovers. Under the direction of Peter Phillips, the 1973 founder of the group, the program was...
Symphony
AUTUMNAL SIBELIUS 7TH HIGHLIGHTS VSO'S SEASON CLOSING CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Closing their 87th Season March 30 and 31 the Vallejo Symphony has moved from a single weekend concert to a set of two, and the late March response was two full houses in the charming downtown Vallejo Empress Theater. Conductor Marc Taddei opened the Sunday program with a rousing performance of B...
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SHARED INSTRUMENTAL BEAUTY IN VIEAUX-MEYERS WEILL HALL CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Exciting timbral sound and intricate counterpoint, made possible when two artists with complementary instruments play together, were richly explored by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and guitarist Jason Vieaux March 30 in Weill Hall. Whether in close harmony, or unison, or weaving separate melodies to...
Chamber
RARE MAHLER QUARTET AT MILL VALLEY CHAMBER CONCERT
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Piano quartets are relatively rare in the classical literature, and there are only about 40 compositions for the combination of piano, violin, viola and cello, mostly from the Romantic period of the mid to late 1800s. It therefore was special March 24 to hear three great works of this medium, perfor...
Symphony
AMERICAN CLASSICS SPARKLE UNDER KAHANE’S BATON
by Steve Osborn
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Jeffrey Kahane, the Santa Rosa Symphony’s former conductor, returned to the Weill Hall podium on Saturday night, and the results were expectedly wonderful. The concert of American classics was by turns playful (Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”), emotional (Barber’s violin concerto) and triumphant (...
Chamber
FLORESTAN TRIO'S MENDELSSOHN AT SPRING LAKE VILLAGE CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Friday, March 08, 2019
Spring Lake Village’s monthly concerts usually clock in under an hour, but the March 8 Florestan Trio’s performance was more extended as so much good music was on tap for the 125 residents attending at Santa Rosa’s premiere retirement residence facility. Four short pieces made up the first half, be...
Chamber
TILDEN TRIO'S BOHEMIAN ENERGY AT DOMINICAN CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Hard on the heels of the Trio Navarro’s late February concert in Sonoma State’s Schroeder Hall, Northern California’s other premiere resident piano trio, the Tilden, played an equally convincing program March 3 in Dominican University’s Angelico Hall. Clearly each hall’s acoustics, stage pianos and...
Recital
24 SONGS IN A MENKE-THOMPSON RECITAL ODYSSEY
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sonoma County pop and country singing enjoys continued popularity but it rare to see a professional classical vocal concert announced. Diva Ruth Ann Swenson was once a local star, but she has long departed and not much virtuoso recital singing can be found in the North Bay. But the exception to th...
RECITAL REVIEW
Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series / Monday, March 12, 2018
Anastasia Dedik, piano

Pianist Anastasia Dedik March 12 at Spring Lake Village

DEDIK RECITAL MARCH 12 IN SPRING LAKE VILLAGE SERIES

by Terry McNeill
Monday, March 12, 2018

Pianist Anastasia Dedik has been an occasional North Coast visitor, playing with her Trio in Ukiah, and in recitals in Sonoma and with the Spring Lake Village series. She returned March 12 to Spring Lake (a retirement community, with Impresario Robert Hayden) in an abbreviated recital before a packed Montgomery Center Hall of 200 attentive seniors.

Beginning with three Bach works, the pianist was in a lively mood and Petri’s popular “Sheep May Safely Graze” transcription had steady rhythm and showed the bright treble of the hall’s piano. Two monumental Preludes and Fugues from Book I of the Well Tempered Clavier came next, the C-Sharp Major and the B-Flat Minor. The Prelude of the first was played briskly, and the fugue slow with hidden charm and the novel touch of an arpeggiated last chord.

In the second Prelude Ms. Dedik opted for a somber character and played it like a chorale, with subtle crescendos and decrescendos. It was a study in dynamic control, and a recital highlight. The fugue was played songlike, with the charming theme shifting between the hands.

Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata (C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2) concluded the first half, and here the pianist gave a workmanlike performance with some attractive details, such as sporadically slightly broken chords in the too slow first movement adagio sostenuto. The following allegretto was also a little mundane in conception, lacking the lilt and charm that one can hear in the famous live Hofmann reading in the 1930s. I hear a dance unfolding in this movement.

Ms. Dedik redeemed herself in the finale by capturing the tumultuous presto agitato momentum with rumbling tremolos, interesting pauses and clarity of line. It was exciting playing that generated the evening’s loudest ovation.

Mikhail Pletnev’s wonderful 1978 transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet has been played in Santa Rosa several times, the last spiritually by Nareh Arghamanyan in Newman, and Ms. Dedik selected the Sugar Plum Fairy and Intermezzo parts from the original seven movements. The second received the most orchestral playing in the program, with a lush romantic sonority that at times had a brittle tone in forte passages. Her right-hand skips were unfailingly accurate.

Two popular Scriabin studies ended the short program – the C-Sharp Minor Etude from Op. 2, and arguably the composer’s most popular composition, the D Sharp Minor from Op. 8. The first, a Horowitz specialty, was played with lovely inner voices and a deft, languorous touch. Surprisingly in the super dramatic D Sharp Ms. Dedik didn’t master it technically, and at the points of maximum dramatic power where octave doubling is frequently used her conception had authority without the requisite punch and ecstasy.

Called for an encore, the pianist turned to Chopin’s F-Sharp Major Nocturne (Op. 15, No.2). It was a mildly agitated but not hurried performance with elegant ornamentation, and was a welcome respite from the elemental Scriabin Etude. Responding to more applause, Ms. Dedik gave a resounding reading of the Op. Posthumous Chopin Waltz in E Minor.