Alexander Shelley last week returned to Leipzig’s Gewandhaus for a programme of music by Wolfgang Rihm, Chopin and Brahms with the MDR Symphony Orchestra.
Shelley was joined for the live radio broadcast by Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, with whom he had previously collaborated in both Nuremberg and Ottawa. Lortie, a renowned interpreter of Chopin’s music, tackled the 1st Piano Concerto, an exquisitely beautiful work written at the tender age of 19 in the midst of a passionate infatuation. The concerto was preceded by Wolfgang Rihm’s 2001 score ‘Verwandlung’. In the second half of the concert Shelley and the MDR Orchestra interpreted Brahms’s 1st Symphony, having performed the 2nd Symphony together exactly a year previously.
The concert was broadcast live on MDR Radio and can be listened back to here.