Versatile Palette: Pianist Nelson Goerner in Recital

Nelson Goerner

The San Francisco Bay Area seems to have become a mecca for keyboard talent of the first rank, as witnessed by the recent spectacular appearance of Argentine pianist Nelson Goerner at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, on Monday, April 15, under the auspices of Chamber Music San Francisco. Goerner presented to us a brilliant, architecturally balanced program of works from the Romantic era. His performances of Brahms, Beethoven, Schumann, and Chopin demonstrated his tonal and technical mastery in often seamless fluency, but more importantly extended the often salon-like sentiments of Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin into transcendent, epic visions of poignant, lyrical drama.

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Pianist Halida Dinova in Aptos

It was an enthusiastic audience that greeted pianist Halida Dinova at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Aptos yesterday afternoon. Since Ms. Dinova has appeared several times previously on the Aptos Keyboard Series, her fans had high expectations, and she certainly did not disappoint them on this occasion. A Russian trained virtuoso with a blistering technique equal to any challenge, she also demonstrated that she could on demand spin magic moments of expressive and poetic playing.

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Passionate Probity: A Recital by Nikolay Khozyainov

In what soon evolved as a marathon display of keyboard prowess, Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov (b. 1992) quite overwhelmed a beguiled audience at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, Saturday, April 6 in a program of Chopin, Beethoven, and Rachmaninov that might have set new standards for passion and probity, thoughtful poetry and dazzling virtuosity.  With the final pages of the Rachmaninov Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, with its tolling bells and falling fifth, the inflamed auditors at this stupendous reading clamored for more evidence of this youthful artist’s digital arsenal, to which he responded with no less than four encores.

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Schubertiade in Santa Cruz

To conclude its 34thseason, Distinguished Artists Concert and lecture Series founder, impresario and pianist John Orlando offered classical music lovers an unusual program: a 21stcentury “SCHUBERTIADE” at Peace united Church in Santa Cruz on Saturday evening March 16. Schubert, arguably the greatest songwriter of all time, wrote more than 600 songs that came to light throughout the 19thcentury in manuscripts left mostly at the homes of the original “Schubertiade” spontaneous evening gatherings hosted by several of this composer’s friends.

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Benjamin Grosvenor in Miami

Benjamin Grosvenor

On Tuesday March 5, 2019, Benjamin Grosvenor gave a remarkable recital
to a a very enthusiastic audience in Miami. Although still in his mid-twenties, Grosvenor has developed a large, enthusiastic following of sophicaticated pianophiles in Miami since his first recital at age 17. Grosvenor, who had met the late Ivan Davis when he first played in Miami, remarked that Davis had encouraged him to play more Schumann. As a tribute to Davis, Grosvenor played Schumann’s Blumenstücke and Kreisleriana in the first half and ended the recital with Liszt’s Norma Paraphrase, for which Davis had made a legendary recording.

Unlike many pianists, Grovenor’s programs are fascinatingly balanced
with a wide range of repertoire. On this occasion, the program ranged
from the Schumann to a Janacek Sonata, excerpts from Prokofiev’s
Vision Fugitives and Liszt’s Norma Paraphrase.

The Kreisleriana in the first half of the recital was reminiscent of
an unforgetable Kreisleriana that Horowitz played at Carnegie
Hall in November 1968, while his stunning rendition of Liszt’s
Reminiscences de Norman was the most memorable since Davis over 30
years ago. The audience exploded with enthusiasm!


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