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In New Zealand Radojkovic was willing to rehearse between times on a poorly maintained Welmar upright rather than interrupt her strict practice regime.

Her programme was daunting indeed; beginning with Bach's 6th Partita in E minor ... a performance combining beautifully poised repose and firmly sculpted nobility. Masterton's critic called it 'powerful and grand' and later eight-year-old Natalie Brazier (chosen to present flowers to Radojkovic) wrote 'she made the piano dance.'

Sonja, performing at the Wel Energy Centre, Hamilton. Photo © 2003 Howard Smith
Sonja, performing at the Wel Energy Centre, Hamilton. Photo © 2003 Howard Smith

The Bach was followed by a stormy account of Beethoven's 'Appassionata' Sonata. This was dramatic, highly charged stuff, and it left the audience full of anticipation for what was yet to come.

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Copyright © 21 September 2003 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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