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Tchaikovsky: Eighteen Piano Pieces, Op. 72 / Konstantin Shamray

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (18) for piano, Op. 72
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Notes & Reviews:

Tchaikovsky completed his last set of piano pieces about six months before his death. Each bears a dedication to a friend or colleague including distinguished musicians such as Paul Pabst, Vasily Sapelnikov and Vasily Safonov. The 18 pieces are no mere salon effusions; rather they are richly characterised, sometimes virtuosic, and perfectly crafted miniatures. Schumann and Chopin are deliberately evoked, the music embracing a rich variety of dance, melancholy, fantasy and bravura. The set is played by the brilliant young prizewinner of the Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008, Konstantin Shamray.

David's Review Corner
Very rarely heard in the concert hall in their entirety, the Eighteen Piano Pieces played separately can fall into the trap of being regarded as salon pieces. The Meditation is a rather unexpected title for a piece that at times becomes turbulent. The dance sections are played with a strict rhythm by the Moscow trained pianist, Konstantin Shamray... there is a lot to enjoy in his fresh approach throughout, particularly in such pieces as the introspective Dialogue; the 'clockwork' Valse-bluette, and the beauty of the Chant elegiaque. The sound quality is good...

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The Naxos engineers did an excellent job of capturing the plummy tone of his instrument in sound that's spacious but not garish. The bass is nice and firm, and the upper registers are free from clatter and clang. This is a model of a properly made piano recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (02/14/2010-02/16/2010).


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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Morceaux (18) for piano, Op. 72
  • Performer: Konstantin Shamray (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth (02/14/2010-02/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 63 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893