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Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray is an audience favourite, cherished for his sterling musicianship, technical command, and obvious passion. For this concert from Musica Viva, he is joined by the equally beloved Australian String Quartet, fixtures of the country’s musical life and similarly in possession of all the qualities that make Shamray so special.

This program brings together two masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire – Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor and Beethoven’s Razumovsky String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 in C major.

Shamray will bring his innate feel for Russian music to Shostakovich’s Quintet, one of the composer’s most appealing works. Full of a direct emotional power, there’s an almost joyful abandon to some of the passages that lacks any of Shostakovich’s usual irony or unease. The Quintet nevertheless has a plaintiveness that suggests a sense of turmoil lurking just under the surface.

Beethoven’s charming ‘Razumovsky’ is a more straightforwardly sunny work. Classical in form, the C Major string quartet continually glances toward the past, even incorporating a minuet instead of the expected scherzo. Sure to uplift in the hands of the Australian String Quartet, it’s among the composer’s very best works, no small accomplishment given the stature of Beethoven’s catalogue.


Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor
Beethoven String Quartet No. 3 in C major, Op. 59, Razumovsky


Existing Ticketholders for Karin Schaupp & the Flinders Quartet

This is a replacement concert for the originally programmed Karin Schaupp & the Flinders Quartet event. For Adelaide ticketholders to Karin Schaupp & the Flinders Quartet, your tickets will be automatically valid for this replacement concert so there's no need for you to do anything. 

If you are no longer able to attend or have any other queries, please contact the Musica Viva Box Office on 1800 688 482 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm AEST) or via email at to discuss alternative arrangements.

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