CD Release - 'New Worlds' out now

March 5, 2018

Alexander Shelley​’s latest record release with the National Arts Centre Orchestra is now available to buy, both online and in stores, and is accessible on all major streaming services.

The album includes the premiere recording of Ana Sokolović​’s “Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes” – an NAC commission featuring counter tenor David DQ Lee​ alongside the combined Ottawa choruses – as well as Dvorák​’s 9th Symphony ‘from the New World’.

In describing New Worlds, the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s fifth album on the Analekta label, artistic director Alexander Shelley wrote “Themes of migration and crossing borders are as hot topics today as they ever were. This recording explores two works written in the so-called “New World” by composers from the “Old World”.

One of those works, Golden slumbers kiss your eyes…, was composed by Serbian-born Ana Sokolović who left a war-torn Yugoslavia for a new home in Montreal. About the work, she says “This piece is structured like a travel diary describing different countries and different times.” It is drawn on folk poetry and songs in Italian, French, German, Serbian, English and Ladino that immigrants might have brought with them to Canada.

Symphony No. 9, Op. 95, “From the New World” by Antonín Dvořák completes this new recording by the NAC Orchestra. In discussing this work in the notes from the album, Alexander Shelley said “Dvořák wrote his famous symphony when he lived in North America, and there is still discussion about how much of the “New” and “Old” Worlds are to be found in it.

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To find out more about the recording, please visit the Analekta website.