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SPARKLING CIMAROSA OPERA HIGHLIGHTS MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL
by Kathryn Stewart
Friday, July 13, 2018
The Classical music era was a time of extraordinary innovation. Dominated by composers from the German-speaking countries, the period witnessed the handiwork of masterpieces by two classical giants, Haydn and Mozart. Both composers put forth a tremendous catalog of masterful works and perhaps to our...
Symphony
!PURA VIDA! A SONIC TRIUMPH FOR SO CO PHIL IN THRILLING COSTA RICA TOUR CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Long anticipated events, such as a great sporting game, gourmet feast, holiday trip or a concert, occasionally fall way short of expectations. The results don’t measure to expectations. With the Sonoma County Philharmonic’s Costa Rica concert June 19, the performance exceeded any heated or tenuou...
Symphony
SO CO PHIL BON VOYAGE CONCERT AN ODYSSEY OF CONTRASTING SOUND
by Terry McNeill
Friday, June 15, 2018
In a splashy bon voyage concert June 15 the Sonoma County Philharmonic Orchestra launched its June 17-25 Costa Rica tour, performing gratis in Santa Rosa’s Jackson Theater the repertoire for tour concerts in San José, Costa Rica’s capital, and in surrounding towns. Conductor Norman Gamboa pr...
Chamber
COMMANDING CHOPIN AND DEBUSSY IN SLV RECITAL
by Terry McNeill
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Concerts at the classy Spring Lake Village Retirement Home in Santa Rosa have admission limited to residents and a few guests, but the chance to hear a first cabin North Bay pianist June 6 brought a Classical Sonoma reviewer into the audience of 100. The crowd numbers were unusually low due to a ba...
Recital
MUSICAL ALCHEMY INSIDE A HIDDEN GEM
by Kayleen Asbo
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Petaluma Historical Library and Museum is a hidden gem of Sonoma County, a gracious building that is one of Sonoma County’s loveliest venues for chamber music concerts, with a fine period piano particularly suited to Romantic music.  Of the surprisingly large array of festivities there, one of t...
Chamber
FINAL VOM MUSICIANS CONCERT IN SCHROEDER A SCHUBERT DELIGHT
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, May 12, 2018
It's rare to have the opportunity to compare in a short period two performances of the same major Schubert work, in this case the great B Flat Piano Trio, D. 898. The chance came May 12 when the Valley of the Moon Festival musicians played it in Schroeder, just over a month since the Hall’s residen...
Symphony
FERRANDIS BIDS ADIEU WITH MAHLER’S FINAL SYMPHONY
by Steve Osborn
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Sonoma State students in graduation robes posed for pictures and hugged each other at the university’s stone gates on Sunday afternoon, mirroring the prolonged farewells within the university’s Green Music Center, where Bruno Ferrandis bid adieu to the Santa Rosa Symphony after a dozen years at the ...
Symphony
SONIC SPLENDOR AT MARIN SYMPHONY SEASON FINALE
by Abby Wasserman
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
The Marin Symphony Orchestra ended the current season with a flourish, interpreting big and small works by Richard Strauss and Stravinsky. Strauss and Stravinsky were contemporaries for 40 years, but inhabited different worlds. Both composers were affected by cataclysmic changes and war, and musical...
Symphony
ORGAN SYMPHONY IN SSU ORCHESTRA CONCERT IN WEILL
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Though Classical Sonoma seldom reviews student concerts, as ample North Coast concerts keep the staff of 11 reviewers busy. But the chance to hear the Sonoma State University Orchestra tackle St. Saëns’ majestic Organ Symphony April 29 was a rare opportunity and not easily to be missed. Avec l’...
Recital
HEAVENLY SCHUBERT AND DEMONIC CHOPIN
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, April 21, 2018
One of the anomalies in the long ago “Golden Era” of romantic pianism (about 1905 to 1940) is that the virtuoso giants of the time didn’t play Schubert. It took the German pianist Artur Schnabel to bring the beauties of Schuber’s work to the public’s attention, and now they seem to be on almost ever...
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.