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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: 18 Morceaux, Op. 72 (Shamray)

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Shamray, Konstantin, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572225
Label Naxos
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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.


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Review By Steve Arloff,MusicWeb International,May 2012

these short pieces are beautiful…from the very first note Tchaikovsky transports you into another world with such consummate skill you are left in no doubt that you are in the hands of a genius. He writes with such breathtaking ease you are simply left to marvel at it. Each of these eighteen pieces…is a miniature masterpiece and they all punch well above their weight. From lullabies to mazurkas, from waltzes to meditations, these little gems sparkle with light and are simply delightful. Playing them here is a young Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray…The description of him as having “dynamite in his fingers” is aptly deserved. This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc with well written and documented notes by Keith Anderson giving a background to each

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