Whilst Altmann’s last release focussed on chamber music for strings, this issue by the talented Adeliade-based composer is all about works for solo piano. Recorded last year at Adelaide’s University’s Elder Hall, three sets of intimate compositions are eloquently played by the admired Sydney International Piano Competition winner, Russian-born and trained Konstantin Shamray.

Luke Altmann

The warm acoustics of the hall are well captured in these recordings. And while the works presented (a trio of with quirky titles – Idle hands, 3 little piecesand Leunig Fragments) may seem to be diametrically opposed to the virtuosic Russian post-Lisztian world that we more normally associate with this particular pianist, when we think of the post-Pärt, Vasks and Kancheli school of composition, then the matching of composer and pianist seems very appropriate.

As in the styles of these...