Konstantin Plays Tchaikovsky – Master Series 2
It’s like an exuberant jump into icy water – Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto begins with its famous rallying cry from the horns, and immediately violins are singing their hearts out over the surging chords of the piano. Who better to lead the plunge into this passionate work than Russian virtuoso – and Adelaide resident – Konstantin Shamray?
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra brings back a similar rush of adrenaline when it reaches the life-affirming dance of its finale, and the colourful journey there gives every instrument of the orchestra a moment in the sun.
Brahms’ delightful Academic Festival Overture was written in response to an honorary doctorate received from Breslau University – his cheeky integration of student drinking-songs celebrating the lighter side of academia!