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A SLICE OF HEAVEN FROM THE SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Under its vibrant new music director, Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Santa Rosa Symphony this past Sunday offered a nearly perfect afternoon of Mozart (Symphony No. 40) and Mahler (Symphony No. 4). While the two works share a common digit, the only element uniting them is genius. They made for a dazzlin...
Recital
KHOZYAINOV'S BRILLIANT PIANISM IN MILL VALLEY RECITAL
by Abby Wasserman
Sunday, January 13, 2019
In its third concert of the season the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society Jan. 13 presented Russian virtuoso Nikolay Khozyainov. His intelligent and sensitive interpretations, masterful pedal work, and virtuoso technique left the near-capacity audience in Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church astounded and ...
Chamber
A COMPLETE MUSICAL PACKAGE IN ARRON'S OAKMONT RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Cellist Edward Arron has been a welcome artist at the Music at Oakmont series, and after his Jan. 10 recital it’s easy to understand his popularity. His artistry is a complete package, with potent instrumental technique wedded to integral musical conceptions. In a nearly flawless concert with pian...
Choral and Vocal
COMPELLING WEILL HALL MESSIAH ORATORIO FROM THE ABS
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Each holiday season when a Classical Sonoma reviewer is assigned to cover a concert with Handel’s seminal Oratorio The Messiah, the question arises about what new commentary can possibly apply to the often performed choral work. Well, if it’s the American Bach Soloists performing the piece, written...
Opera
PURCELL'S DIDO IN YOUTHFUL SSU OPERA
by Abby Wasserman
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
A doomed royal love affair, the theme of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, was brought to lovely life at Sonoma State University Dec. 5 in the school’s Schroeder Hall. Conducted by faculty member Zachary Gordin, who also played continuo, the performance was only the second opera production presented by the...
Symphony
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY HERALDS THE HOLIDAYS
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, December 02, 2018
Antlers are typical headgear during the holiday season, but the ushers and one bassist at the Santa Rosa Symphony concert on Dec. 2 sported apples atop their heads. The red fruits were festive but perplexing until the orchestra began Rossini’s “William Tell” overture, at which point even the dull-wi...
Symphony
A HERO'S ODYSSEY IN SO CO PHIL CONCERT
by Art Hofmann
Sunday, November 18, 2018
The audience at the Sonoma County Philharmonic’s Nov. 18 concert was warned at the outset that the old Santa Rosa High School auditorium boiler was turned off, and there was a steady eminently audible tone in the hall. Conductor Norman Gamboa said the tone was an A, a high one. But there it was, a...
Recital
MTA BENEFIT CONCERT FEATURES FAURE, DVORAK, JANACEK AND BARBER WORKS
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, November 11, 2018
In a splendid concert Nov. 11 the Music Teachers Association of California, Sonoma County Chapter, presented their sixth annual benefit concert before 40 avid listeners in the Santa Rosa home of Helen Howard and Robert Yeats. Highlights of the performances, involving eight musicians in various perf...
Recital
SERKIN'S SINGULAR MOZART AND BACH PLAYING IN WEILL RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Friday, November 09, 2018
Returning to Weill Hall following a fire-related recital cancellation in 2017, pianist Peter Serkin programmed just three works in his Nov. 7 concert, three masterworks that challenged both artist and audience alike. It needs to be said at the outset that Mr. Serkin takes a decidedly non-standard a...
Chamber
LUMINOUS FAURE TOPS LINCOLN TRIO'S SPRING LAKE VILLAGE CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Familiarity in chamber music often evokes warm appreciation, and it was thus Nov. 7 when the Chicago-based Lincoln Piano Trio made one of their many Sonoma County appearances, this time on the Spring Lake Village Classical Music Series. Regularly presented by local impresario Robert Hayden, the Lin...
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.