January 23, 2020

2020 has kicked off with a month of back-to-back projects for Alexander Shelley.

Returning to Canada after the Christmas break, Alexander and the National Arts Centre ¬†Orchestra continued their exploration of the Brahms and Schumann Symphonies, glued together by the music of Clara Schumann. For the opening concerts of the year they were joined by regular collaborator Gabriela Montero, who received glowing reviews for her interpretation of Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, written when the composer was only 15 years old.

Also on the programme: Emilie Mayer’s Faust Overture, a concert hall rarity, and Schumann’s 3rd Symphony.

Clara Schumann’s Concerto and Robert Schumann’s Symphony will form part of the continuing recording cycle that Alexander Shelley and the NACO have undertaken, which will include all four of Schumann’s and Brahms’s respective symphonies as well as Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Sonata, vocal music and chamber music over the course of four double CD releases beginning this Spring.

Alexander then moved on to Edmonton where he made his debut on Thursday January 22nd conducting a programme of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn with Edmonton Symphony and cellist Oliver Herbert (replacing the injured Stephane Tetreault. On Saturday January 25th Alexander conducts a second programme which will include Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Jocelyn Morlock’s ‘My Name is Amanda Todd’.

In the week of January 27th Alexander returns to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for concerts in Geneva and Lausanne that will include Britten’s Lachrymae and Les Illuminations alongside Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony.