Thomas Wikman
Thomas Wikman and Andrea Holliday
Thomas Wikman

Art-Song Recital Sophisticated, Refined


Judith Mintel by Judith Mintel, for the Thomas Wikman website

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The audience was so attentive and respectful that you could hear the proverbial pin drop in the hall throughout the concert.

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The piano accompaniment by Mr. Wikman was sensitive and artistic to the highest degree.  He supplied plenty of forward motion yet allowed the singer time to breathe -- all the while wrapping the audience in a mood of time past that was irresistible.  He conjured the moon and the pure night air in the middle of the day, allowing the soprano seduction to occur naturally and without warning.

Wikman's playing was full of amazing contradictions: he was assertive and ever-present, but never dominated Holliday's singing.  He took the lead or followed the singer as the music demanded.

Tchaikovsky was an indifferent pianist and wrote his song accompaniments without regard for facility of execution.  There are fiendishly difficult passages requiring crossed hands and interlaced fingers that are awkward to play though they sound wonderful.  Wikman made all this seem effortless and natural.

This recital can make you forget that you are living in the 21st century.  If you let it, it will transport you back in history to the time of Enrico Caruso and Dame Nellie Melba -- the Golden Years of vocalism, when popular entertainment was not the TV.

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Tom at the piano
Thomas Wikman and Andrea Holliday
Thomas Wikman