Presented by Musica Viva
The Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra’s wonderful strings, led by the dynamic Sophie Rowell, collaborate with brilliant pianist Konstantin Shamray for this beautiful and emotionally intense program: a new arrangement of Mahler’s Piano Quartet; a heartfelt work by Mihkel Kerem; Schnittke’s serious, deeply moving Concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s sunny Serenade.
About this concert
As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first ynear at the Vienna Conservatory, Gustav Mahler composed one movement of a piano quartet, a work that always gives the impression that something bigger is struggling to emerge. Following Mahler’s own tradition of enlarging certain chamber pieces, this program includes an orchestration of the quartet, made by the outstanding violinist Harry Ward: an ANAM alumnus and a Musica Viva FutureMaker.
Alfred Schnittke was keenly aware of his Soviet/German musical heritage, even as he stomped on it in heavy boots. Yet his piano concerto is a touching affirmation of his artistic roots, and his affection for Tchaikovsky makes the two Russians good bedfellows, the elder’s Serenade here prefaced by Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s Lamento, a work of searing beauty.
ANAM’s ensemble of wonderful young string players is directed with equal verve by the terrific Sophie Rowell, one of Australia’s most admired instrumentalists. They are joined onstage by Adelaide’s brilliant, Russian-trained Konstantin Shamray.
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KONSTANTIN SHAMRAY PIANO
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA
SOPHIE ROWELL DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN
Serenade for Strings, Op.48 (1880)
Piano Quartet (1876) arr. Harry Ward**
Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (1979)
*Australian premiere performances.
**Arrangement commissioned by Musica Viva Australia.
Sophie Rowell appears courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
This production is part of the following series:
Tuesday 27 April & Saturday 15 May 2021 7pm
Premium $153 ($133 Concession)
A reserve $122 ($107 Concession)
B reserve $92 ($80 Concession)
C reserve $64 ($56 Concession)
Under 40 $40
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