WIN ONE OF TWO DOUBLE PASSES TO SEE KONSTANTIN SHAMRAY, ANAM ORCHESTRA, SOPHIE ROWELL AND HARRY WARD ON MONDAY 3 MAY AT PERTH CONCERT HALL
The Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra’s wonderful strings, led by the dynamic Sophie Rowell, collaborate with brilliant pianist Konstantin Shamray and violinist Harry Ward
on Monday 3 May at Perth Concert Hall. Be captivated by a 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.
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.
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