Tamara Konstantin

album released 5th October, by Stone Records

"if you like irresistibly romantic piano music, then this is for you."
Jamie MacDougall BBC Scotland -Classics Unwrapped

Inflections is a musical journey through the seasons, which I hope you will enjoy travelling through with me. It is a personal journey, reflecting my inner spirit of optimism with a twist of inspiration. The style of music is motivated by the ornate and heavily ornamented baroque period; Chopin’s romanticism, Rachmaninoff’s strength and of course Beethoven’s power. Every person listening to the music will feel something different be it joy, peace, excitement or even sadness. The album is called Inflections because the same music or words can mean different things depending on how they are played or said – this is Inflection. Hopefully you will enjoy the album and get as much pleasure out of it as I do. It starts with my favourite season, Spring. The interweaving of springtime themes such as re-birth, rejuvenation and regrowth express the vitality and change associated with spring. This is followed by a light piece entitled Childhood Memories, a carefree playful romp with a twist of naughtiness and sense of fun. It is reminiscent of childhood games.

In a change of pace Nocturne Romantica is a sensual piece; I was inspired by themes of twentieth century romanticism. The deep emotions running through it were inspired by the support of my husband Derek, to whom I have dedicated this nocturne.

During the writing of Melancholy I was considering the turmoil of feelings and emotions that are experienced during a state of melancholy. Pensive sadness permeates the musical piece.

Sonata Alke and Sonata Bia are part of a collection which I have written, inspired by the stories and characters of Greek mythology. Alke was the female personification of battle strength, prowess and courage; Bia was one of the winged enforcers who stood by Zeus; she was the goddess of force, might and power. Both sonatas are determined by strength, energy, drama and power, they follow the traditional format of three movements, Alke, (andante, andante, allegro), Bia (allegro, andante, allegro).

Revelation is piece following an inner journey, a journey that is informed by an awareness of hidden knowledge, and progresses into a new revelation concerning an epiphany.
Ladybird lullaby is a gentle soothing piece of music, full of night time tones and nuances, the ladybird dances through it, with flickering wings in the setting sun of dusk, slowly sinking into sleep. Dreams follow sleep, and this small piece is a musical fantasy.

When I considered Summer I envisaged a hot drowsy summer day, the air heavy and languorous, flowing backwards and forwards. A sensual bower of relaxation. And so through from Reflections, a meditative look backwards, to Autumn, a stirring breeze and falling leaves, raindrops gently falling. Autumn is one last glorious amber stand. The raindrops falling in the middle of the piece are a premonition of winter coming.

The source of inspiration and creativity are a constant source of wonder, and when the two come together the artistic result is a musical expression of joy and appreciation of the muse.

Winter brings forces of nature that are both wild and awesome, rain and hail batter, while cold winds rush down upon us, snow falls subduing nature, icy cold yet dramatically beautiful. I have recreated these tempestuous events that surprise us, with their suddenness, and ability to completely overwhelm us with their power and strength. My musical interpretation is attempting to delight, and to inspire us to appreciate the season. And so to the end of year, to repeat the whole cycle.

  • 1SPRING a3’05
  • 2CHILDHOOD MEMORIES a3’08
  • 3NOCTURNE ROMANTICA3’08
  • 4MELANCHOLY b2’41
    SONATA NO.1 “ALKE” a
  • 5i Andante2’49
  • 6ii Andante2’48
  • 7iii Allegro2’33
  • 8REVELATION b3’35
  • 9LADYBIRD LULLABY b2’45
  • 10DREAMS b2’02
    SONATA NO.2 “BIA” a
  • 11i Allegro4’01
  • 12ii Andante2’34
  • 13iii Allegro3’48
  • 14SUMMER b2’20
  • 15REFLECTIONS b2’36
  • 16AUTUMN b2’07
  • 17INSPIRATION b2’08
  • 18WINTER b2’1349’03

DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE piano a TAMARA KONSTANTIN piano b

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Tamara Konstantin

Tamara was born in Georgia, she started playing the piano at a very early age, and was encouraged by her family to attend the prestigious Special Music School for gifted children, her intense study during childhood included her family hiring a piano for her whenever when they went on holiday! She went on to graduate from the Tbilisi Music Academy, performing solo recitals, including accompanying the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra. After 15 years of study she followed a different career path and eventually came to the UK in 1989. Tamara now lives in Dorset with her husband, and has been inspired by the stunning coastline and nature of her surroundings to compose the pieces to be found on ‘Inflections’ her debut cd. She was attending an organ recital in Canada, when she realized that with her classical training and natural ability she could transpose some of these inspirational themes into music. Then followed an intense time of creativity and discovery, which has led to these romantic and passionate compositions. As Tamara says:
“To be able to share such personal expression through my own music and see the pleasure it brings to others is both a joy and a wonderful source of inspiration.”

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Close-Up: C Music TV talks exclusively with pianist/composer Tamara Konstantin

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From ClassicFM, 7th October 2016
a review of Inflections

Tamara Konstantin trained as a pianist in Georgia, before later building successful careers as a TV presenter, and a senior executive in an oil company. Now a long-time resident of the UK, living with her successful businessman husband in Dorset, Tamara some years ago returned to music, re-honing her pianistic technique, and also composing. The fruits of her labours first appeared on a privately circulated CD, recommended to me by a Classic FM colleague, and from which I played one item, Spring , from her piano Four Seasons. This went down very well and attracted a positive postbag, so I played it again, with the same result.

I am therefore glad that this album is now being made more widely available through Stone Records. Anyone who buys it, or downloads it, is in for a treat. 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. These days, thankfully, with atonalism seen as a blind alley, we can celebrate the return of well crafted melodies which is what you get here. Tamara shares pianistic duties with the Dorset pianist Duncan Honeybourne, a most accomplished pianist, who has himself recorded some interesting CDs, well worth digging out, of English romantic piano music on EM Records.

– David Mellor, ClassicFM



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Recording news from the studio, by Philip Sommerich click to read PDF

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“Inflections” notimated CD of the week, in Lady Magazine. Click here to read the review

Produced, engineered and edited by Alan Crumpler. Recorded 23rd June 2014 at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK.

Steinway technician: Philip Kennedy.

Publisher: www.tamarakonstantin.com

Photographs of Tamara Konstantin @ 2014 Will Paltridge.

Inflections is a musical journey through the seasons, which I hope you will enjoy travelling through with me. It is a personal journey, reflecting my inner spirit of optimism with a twist of inspiration. The style of music is motivated by the ornate and heavily ornamented baroque period; Chopin’s romanticism, Rachmaninoff’s strength and of course Beethoven’s power. Every person listening to the music will feel something different be it joy, peace, excitement or even sadness. The album is called Inflections because the same music or words can mean different things depending on how they are played or said – this is Inflection. Hopefully you will enjoy the album and get as much pleasure out of it as I do. It starts with my favourite season, Spring. The interweaving of springtime themes such as re-birth, rejuvenation and regrowth express the vitality and change associated with spring. This is followed by a light piece entitled Childhood Memories, a carefree playful romp with a twist of naughtiness and sense of fun. It is reminiscent of childhood games.

In a change of pace Nocturne Romantica is a sensual piece; I was inspired by themes of twentieth century romanticism. The deep emotions running through it were inspired by the support of my husband Derek, to whom I have dedicated this nocturne.

During the writing of Melancholy I was considering the turmoil of feelings and emotions that are experienced during a state of melancholy. Pensive sadness permeates the musical piece.

Sonata Alke and Sonata Bia are part of a collection which I have written, inspired by the stories and characters of Greek mythology. Alke was the female personification of battle strength, prowess and courage; Bia was one of the winged enforcers who stood by Zeus; she was the goddess of force, might and power. Both sonatas are determined by strength, energy, drama and power, they follow the traditional format of three movements, Alke, (andante, andante, allegro), Bia (allegro, andante, allegro).

Revelation is piece following an inner journey, a journey that is informed by an awareness of hidden knowledge, and progresses into a new revelation concerning an epiphany.
Ladybird lullaby is a gentle soothing piece of music, full of night time tones and nuances, the ladybird dances through it, with flickering wings in the setting sun of dusk, slowly sinking into sleep. Dreams follow sleep, and this small piece is a musical fantasy.

When I considered Summer I envisaged a hot drowsy summer day, the air heavy and languorous, flowing backwards and forwards. A sensual bower of relaxation. And so through from Reflections, a meditative look backwards, to Autumn, a stirring breeze and falling leaves, raindrops gently falling. Autumn is one last glorious amber stand. The raindrops falling in the middle of the piece are a premonition of winter coming.

The source of inspiration and creativity are a constant source of wonder, and when the two come together the artistic result is a musical expression of joy and appreciation of the muse.

Winter brings forces of nature that are both wild and awesome, rain and hail batter, while cold winds rush down upon us, snow falls subduing nature, icy cold yet dramatically beautiful. I have recreated these tempestuous events that surprise us, with their suddenness, and ability to completely overwhelm us with their power and strength. My musical interpretation is attempting to delight, and to inspire us to appreciate the season. And so to the end of year, to repeat the whole cycle.

  • 1SPRING a3’05
  • 2CHILDHOOD MEMORIES a3’08
  • 3NOCTURNE ROMANTICA3’08
  • 4MELANCHOLY b2’41
    SONATA NO.1 “ALKE” a
  • 5i Andante2’49
  • 6ii Andante2’48
  • 7iii Allegro2’33
  • 8REVELATION b3’35
  • 9LADYBIRD LULLABY b2’45
  • 10DREAMS b2’02
    SONATA NO.2 “BIA” a
  • 11i Allegro4’01
  • 12ii Andante2’34
  • 13iii Allegro3’48
  • 14SUMMER b2’20
  • 15REFLECTIONS b2’36
  • 16AUTUMN b2’07
  • 17INSPIRATION b2’08
  • 18WINTER b2’1349’03

DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE piano a TAMARA KONSTANTIN piano b

tamara-konstantin

Tamara Konstantin

Tamara was born in Georgia, she started playing the piano at a very early age, and was encouraged by her family to attend the prestigious Special Music School for gifted children, her intense study during childhood included her family hiring a piano for her whenever when they went on holiday! She went on to graduate from the Tbilisi Music Academy, performing solo recitals, including accompanying the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra. After 15 years of study she followed a different career path and eventually came to the UK in 1989. Tamara now lives in Dorset with her husband, and has been inspired by the stunning coastline and nature of her surroundings to compose the pieces to be found on ‘Inflections’ her debut cd. She was attending an organ recital in Canada, when she realized that with her classical training and natural ability she could transpose some of these inspirational themes into music. Then followed an intense time of creativity and discovery, which has led to these romantic and passionate compositions. As Tamara says:
“To be able to share such personal expression through my own music and see the pleasure it brings to others is both a joy and a wonderful source of inspiration.”

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Booklet notes 2016 Tamara Konstantin.
Graphic design: Colour Blind Design. Printed in the E.U.

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