Saturday, January 24, 2015
I greatly enjoyed Zoran Dukić’s recital last night. The audience reaction was phenomenal before he even started to play. I don’t ever remember applause that had a performer stand up a second time after a piece at the Westmoreland Church, and on at least four occasions at that! I would rate him among the top 2-3 guitarists who have played at the Church.
Dukić performed with sensitivity and was able to differentiate between melody line and accompanying voices which were much softer. I was particularly impressed where he let the sound of a single note slowly vanish at the end of one of his pieces—into thin air.
It was gratifying to be exposed to the music of Antonio José, both from Larry Snitzler’s excellent lecture and Dukić’s performance of José’s Sonata. Based on that, I’d place him among the best of Spanish composers. I was also impressed with the quality of Dukić’s choice of contemporary composers.
I have never been able to understand foreign artists when they speak at these concerts (except Berta Rojas) and have always thought that surtitles would alleviate the problem. (They have it at operas, why not guitar concerts?) But at least they had mikes. I was expecting an unintelligible foreign accent from Dukić but was pleasantly surprised when he spoke perfect American English! A mike would have helped. Judging from the laughter from the first six rows his humor was understood. Unfortunately I didn’t’ get it from row K.
It was an unforgettable evening.
– Bob Scharf