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As a 15-year-old student nearing the end of his first year 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.

A pianist of great intelligence matched by tremendous power

Adelaide Advertiser

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Details correct at the time of publication.

  • Kerem
    Lamento (2008)*
    Tchaikovsky
    Serenade for Strings, Op.48 (1880)
    Mahler
    Piano Quartet (1876) arr. Harry Ward**
    Schnittke
    Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (1979)

    *Australian premiere performances.
    ** Arrangement commissioned by Musica Viva Australia.

    Sophie Rowell appears courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

     

  • Konstantin Shamray
    Piano
    Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra
    Sophie Rowell
    Director and Violin