Paul Kildea’s first season as Artistic Director will feature several programs rescued from 2020, plenty of Australian artists, as well as a staged presentation of his book Chopin’s Piano.
A fine performance of Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto headlines a rich and varied ASO concert full of emotional contrasts.
South Australia's Coriole Music Festival continues to solidify its position as a unique and intimate occasion.
After a shaky start with Dvořák, the penultimate concert built to a jovial close with a work by Edgar Meyer.
Artists pair up as the Festival gets into full swing.
Konstantin Shamray brought plenty of pyrotechnics to this performance with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
The Russian pianist and winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition talks Tchaik ahead of his Australian tour. Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe Already a subscriber? Log in
The prestigious Australian comp marks 40 years with national recital tours by First Prize and People’s Choice winners. Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe Already a subscriber? Log in
Released to coincide with this year’s Sydney International Piano Competition, this disc of Russian music showcases a previous winner. In 2008, Konstantine Shamray won not only the First Prize but also the People’s Choice award. Listen to the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Sonata and you will understand the excitement caused by this young pianist. The piano was not Tchaikovsky’s natural medium, and parts of his sonata of 1878 sound like the keyboard reduction of a symphony. Understanding this, Shamray revels in the quasi-orchestral gestures of the first movement (Chopin’s heroics a clear influence), and savours the dark lyricism of the slow movement. In the fleet scherzo and dazzling finale his light touch impresses. A crucial section of the scherzo involves the repetition of a simple melodic figure with a descending scale in the bass. This passage could easily sound trivial, but so spry is the pianist’s response that instead it sparkles. He creates a mood of half-lights and shadows most effectively in four late pieces by Scriabin, especially the Feuillet d’album. Scriabin’s fragrant, introverted music is as impressionistic as anything by Debussy. By contrast, Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No 8…Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe…