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.
KONSTANTIN SHAMRAY PIANO
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC ORCHESTRA
SOPHIE ROWELL DIRECTOR AND VIOLIN
HARRY WARD VIOLIN
For Perth patrons, please note that we have rescheduled the concert with Konstantin Shamray, ANAM Orchestra led by Sophie Rowell, and Harry Ward concert to Wednesday 30 June at 7.30pm. Your tickets will be transferred to this concert.
View the concert guide online or print at home here.
Listen to the pre-concert talk with Dr David Larken online.
Listen Paul Kildea and violinist, composer, and Musica Viva FutureMaker Harry Ward talk about the tour on the Chamber of Musical Curiosities Podcast.