The talented romantic pianist and composer Tamara Konstantin is destined to make waves in the world of modern classical music with the release of The Elixir of Life – the first single from her much anticipated third album – Resilience.
The classically trained pianist from Georgia, who built successful careers first as a TV presenter and then a senior oil company executive before moving to Dorset and returning to music, has produced a triumphal new body of work combining mainly original compositions of beautifully crafted melodies that showcase her outstanding pianistic technique and ability to speak through music.
Produced during a time of great global crisis, Resilience reflects the pain of lockdown and is personal message of love, hope and affection to the people and places closest to Tamara‘s heart; several pieces evoke the anxiety and isolation caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the heartache of not being able to see her son and his family. There are compositions that cleverly translate into music the beauty of her beloved home county of Dorset (continuing her popular Dorset Sketches series) and places further afield including reference to her native land of Georgia. The new album demonstrates Tamara’s electric creativity and fuses her love of Chopin’s romanticism, Rachmaninoff’s strength and Beethoven’s dynamism with her own mesmerising and passionate compositions and operatic melodies. Overall, the work is a testament to her belief in the power of music to console, to uplift, and to bring people together whether in joy or sorrow – the power to help us find a spirit of resilience.
‘Tamara is inspired by the great piano masters of the 19th century, to produce melodic music, well laid out for the piano, that is not in the least derivative, and has great charm‘.
David Mellor, Classic FM.
This is no better illustrated than in The Elixir of Life – the first single from the album which is based on the aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from Donizetti‘s opera L‘elisir d‘amore (The Elixir of Love). The aria is sung by the tenor character Nemorino, but rather merely give his music to the cello – which would be the instrument nearest in range to his voice, Tamara splits the material between all the players and adds a haunting new tune as well. A testament to her vision, prodigious talent and ability to speak through music, the work and was written for and performed by Tamara‘s piano trio who perform together under the name The Three Graces and include the immensely talented violinist Elly Suh and acclaimed cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber.
Described as a ‘highly accomplished composer’ ‘superb musician‘ and ‘polished performer,’ Tamara Konstantin‘s auspicious new work will undoubtedly project this star in its ascendancy.
Tamara Konstantin‘s new single, The Elixir of Life‘ is available from 1st October.
The album Resilience will be available from 5th November.