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EERIE SCHUBERT AND SOPORIFIC BRAHMS IN MIDORI RECITAL IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, April 23, 2016
California has long been a big part of Midori Goto’s career, and she now teaches and tours from the USC campus in Los Angeles. After never performing in Sonoma County, the violinist’s area debut April 23 in Weill was a moderate success before an audience of 800 that included a large sprinkling of s...
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EASTER AND ASCENSION ORATORIOS SOAR IN ABS MARIN CONCERT
by Joanna Bramel Young
Friday, April 22, 2016
Three baroque composers were brought together April 22 at the American Bach Soloists‘ offering of oratorios: Buxtehude, Johann Kuhnau and Bach. In Belvedere’s St. Stephen’s Church the ABS highlighted the sequence of influence for these three masters, displaying stunning choral singing, virtuoso in...
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CHRISTIE RETURNS TO SCHROEDER WITH THE FAMILIAR AND THE NEW
by James Harrod
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Organist James David Christie returned to Schroeder Hall on the SSU campus April 17 to play an awesome concert of Baroque music on the Hall’s Brombough Opus 9 organ. The artist performed to a large appreciative and attentive audience, and presented both familiar and unknown musical selections from t...
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CHANTICLEER SINGS TO THE MOON IN WEILL HALL CONCERT
by Sonia Morse Tubridy
Saturday, April 16, 2016
The renowned male a cappella  Chanticleer choir presented an "Over the Moon" program April 15 at the Green Music Centers Weill Hall.  The audience, including many choral music cognoscenti, was entranced by a varied and enriching program spanning centuries and continents. The theme of the evening was...
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SPANISH SPLENDOR IN SO CO PHIL'S SEASON FINALE CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Two program staples for the Sonoma County Philharmonic have been works of a Latin flavor, and spotlighting local soloists. Conductor Norman Gamboa has mounted intriguing Central American, Mexican and Spanish works for years, and flutist Kathleen Lane Reynolds, pianists Alice Zhu Lauren Xie, and tro...
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OAKMONT 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT FEATURES KAHANE'S SCHUBERT AND CHOPIN
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Jeffery Kahane spreads his musical largess widely. Since leaving a Sonoma County residence for Colorado the pianist has returned often for performances, the most recent the wildly successful ChamberFest series at the Green Music Center last summer. April 10 found him again in Sonoma County, this t...
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COLORFUL FALLA AND PROVOCATIVE BRITTEN WORKS IN SRS WEILL HALL CONCERTS
by Terry McNeill
Monday, April 04, 2016
Current fashion in orchestra season marketing showcases themes, and it’s de rigueur now, from the fledgling Sonoma County Philharmonic to the august San Francisco Symphony. Some of these themes are inane, but the Santa Rosa Symphony’s set of three concerts beginning April 2, with the event ...
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LISZT AND CHOPIN THE VEHICLE FOR ELEGANT PIANISM IN WATTS' WEILL HALL RECITAL
by Nicki Bell
Friday, April 01, 2016
In the public eye for more than 50 years, Andre Watts is a legendary American pianist from the bygone era of William Kapell and Gary Graffman. Dressed in concert tails, old fashioned now to some, he reverted April 1 to a another long ago virtuoso’s choice by bringing to his Weill Hall recital his o...
CHORAL AND VOCAL
RUTTER REQUIEM PERFORMANCE ENNOBLES GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT AT INCARNATION
by Terry McNeill
Friday, March 25, 2016
There is a lot to like in John Rutter’s Requiem. Composed in 1985, it’s arguably the most performed large choral work of recent times, and it was a labor of love for choral director Carol Menke’s musicians in a memorable Good Friday concert in Santa Rosa’s Church of the Incarnation. Splendid Requi...
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CENTURY-OLD MUSIC REMAINS EXPLOSIVE IN EXTRAVAGANT WEILL CONCERT PERFORMANCE
by Nicki Bell
Friday, March 25, 2016
A spectacular performance of Debussy, Prokofiev and Stravinsky with a virtuoso orchestra and a brilliant pianist will long be remembered by the fortunate 1,000 in Weill Hall March 25. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal itself is huge, nearly 110 musicians, and it completely filled the stage and ...
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MasterCard Performance Series / Sunday, April 24, 2016
Matthias Goerne, baritonel Alexander Schmalcz, piano

Baritone Matthias Goerne

A WANDERING MILLER IN SCHUBERT'S AGELESS CYCLE

by Mark Kratz
Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Green Center’s Weill Hall is a Sonoma County treasure that allows North Bay audiences to enjoy the world’s finest musicians against the backdrop of our grapevine-covered hills. German baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Alexander Schmalcz presented a recital of Schubert’s song cycle "Die Schöne Müllerin" April 24 that exemplified skilled musicianship and artistry, and again proved the importance of a place like the Green Center.

Before the recital I noticed the diversity in the audience with a wide range of ages, and also recognized many faces of local vocal teachers, students and performers.

Die Schöne Müllerin is a cycle comprised of twenty individual songs, and the poems are by early 19th century German poet Wilhelm Müller. The story is about a wandering miller who happens upon a brook, which leads him to a mill. He gains employment at the mill and falls in love with the miller’s daughter. Though he never verbalizes his love, the young miller becomes jealous when the miller’s daughter becomes affectionate with a hunter. The wandering miller resolves to die in the brook. One is never certain whether the brook is friend or foe in this story.

From a technical view the cycle is demanding and lasts about an hour long with no interruption. The twenty songs take the singer through both high and low range extremities. Schubert’s music travels back and forth between light and dark sonorities and major and minor tonalities, demonstrating the emotions of the characters in the story. A singer must bring a skilled palette of vocal colors to this work. Mr. Goerne’s highly refined technique allowed for an effortless and polished performance.

The singer has a large lyric baritone voice. His lower range is rich and satisfying, while at the same time, he can create sweet resonant mixed voices in his top range that even tenors would be envious of. Mr. Goerne phrased in beautifully shaped long lines. A moment that embodied both delicate phrasing and gorgeously sung mixed voice was during the sixth song “Der Neugierige” (The Inquisitive one.) The miller only wants the brook to tell him, “Yes, the girl loves you.” The miller says to the brook, “O brooklet of my love, How silent you are today! Just one thing I want to hear, One tiny word, all around.” The end of this phrase was tender and magical.

Schubert wanted to move away from the popular classical period view of the piano as accompaniment and wanted to give the piano a voice equal to the singer. The accompaniments in this work are like a stream of water. It is constantly propelling the singer ahead as in the second song “Wohin?” (Where?) Mr. Schmalcz showed hypersensitivity switching between minor and major tonalities specifically in the eighteenth work “Trockne Blumen” (Dry Flowers), and his piano interludes in the sixteenth work “Die Liebe Farbe” (The Beloved Color) were hauntingly beautiful.

These sterling artists brought musical mastery to the Weill stage with their recital of Schubert’s 1823 masterpiece, and were in complete technical control and created an unforgettable afternoon of German lieder.

Events Calendar

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Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, May 01, 2016
7:30 PM - Rohnert Park
Alexander Kahn, conductor
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Mastercard Performance Series
Friday, May 06, 2016
7:30 PM - Rohnert Park
Yuja Wang, piano
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North Bay Sinfonietta
Friday, May 06, 2016
8:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Cynthia Weicher, conductor. Mariachi Barragan, José Guadalupe Soto Barragán, leader
Arriaga: Overture to Los Esclavos Felices; Lecueno: Andalucia Suite; pieces for Mariachi: El Son de la Negra, Guadalajara, Por un Amor, Camino de Guanajuato; Still: Danzas de Panama; Massenet: ballet ...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Saturday, May 07, 2016
8:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor. Gabriela Martinez, piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from "On The Town"; Gershwin: Concerto in F; Debussy: Iberia; Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole...
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On the Wing: Early Music Uncorked
Saturday, May 07, 2016
8:00 PM - Penngrove
Circa 1600 vocal ensemble. Robert Worth, director
Secular and sacred works by Marenzio, Monteverdi, Gibbons, Byrd and others TBA Poetry will be read ...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Sunday, May 08, 2016
3:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor. Gabriela Martinez, piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from "On The Town"; Gershwin: Concerto in F; Debussy: Ibéria; Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole...
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On the Wing: Early Music Uncorked
Sunday, May 08, 2016
3:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Circa 1600 vocal ensemble, directed by Robert Worth
Program: secular and sacred works by Marenzio, Monteverdi, Gibbons, Byrd, and many others. ...
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Santa Rosa Symphony
Monday, May 09, 2016
8:00 PM - Rohnert Park
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor. Gabriela Martinez, piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from "On The Town"; Gershwin: Concerto in F; Debussy: Iberia; Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole...
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Music at Oakmont
Thursday, May 12, 2016
1:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Calidore String Quartet. Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi,
Beethoven: String Quartets in D Major (Op. 18, No. 3); E-Flat Major ("Harp"). Op. 74; and A Minor, Op. 132 Concerts are open to Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Single tickets are $15 at ...
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Mastercard Performance Series
Saturday, May 14, 2016
7:30 PM - Rohnert Park
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Nichaolas McGegan, conductor. Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano;
Music tinkled arias and duets from Handel operas and oratorios: Pärt: work TBA...
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