From Russia with Love

Duo Chamber Melange


Duo Chamber Melange, established in 1999, is a wonderful partnership between internationally acclaimed musicians, Ivana Tomaskova (violin) and Tamara Smolyar (piano).

Individually they have produced numerous recordings for national and international broadcasters and performed in many prominent venues. A number of composers have written music for them as soloists and chamber musicians. The Duo’s versatile repertoire embraces classical and contemporary music as well as world premieres of renowned Australian, European and American composers. Duo Chamber Melange has recorded for ABC Classic FM, 3MBS and a number of international broadcasters and released CDs on Move and Schimmel International Artists Collection labels. Their masterful performances are engaging and moving, a true art of music-making. The critiques emphasize their performances as ‘well-established exemplary, driving collaboration, confident in its negotiation partnership… tight ensemble work with a rhythmic clarity and impressive assurance.’

From Russia with Love begins with the world premiere of American-Russian composer Alla Pavlova’s ‘Suite Sulamith’ (based on the drama by the famous Russian writer Alexander Kuprin). The Duo perform Rodion Shchedrin’s vivid and energetic ‘In the style of Albeniz’, solo piano version of famous Rachmaninov’s ‘Trio Elegiaque’, and conclude with Prokoviev’s F-minor Sonata, a masterpiece with a vigorous spirit and blissful moments of timeless beauty. The whole work is a big-boned, dark-hued expression of feeling that can be taken as mourning for the depredations of Soviet terror. Lyrical melodies, shimmering sounds, drama and contrasts, this is the music of modern Russia.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Duo Chamber Melange


Alla Pavlova
Sulasmith Suite for Violin and Piano

Rodion Shchedrin
In the style of Albeniz

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Trio Elegiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9. Mvt 3
Sonata for violin and piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80


This production is part of the following series:

Duo Chamber Melange

A decade-long collaboration that celebrates the art of music-making between friends.

Local Heroes 2017

Now in its sixth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.