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Debut in Brussels

December 11, 2018

Having made a much-lauded debut with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain last week, Alexander Shelley this week moves on to the National Orchestra of Belgium, performing in Brussel’s BOZAR this coming Friday evening. 

Alexander will also be working with pianist Herbert Schuch for the first time, as the German soloist interprets Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

The rest of the programme picks up the theme of last week’s concerts: Shakespeare. The Belgian National Orchestra will open the concert with the Scherzo, Nocturne and famous Wedding March from Mendelssohn’s music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This masterpiece, written in 1842, will be complimented by a theatre music of a very different kind, written nearly a hundred years later, by a youthful Dmitri Shostakovich. The 13 movement suite from his theatre music for the 1932 Moscow production of Hamlet opens the second half of the concert. It is a bright, boisterous series of vignettes, sometimes satirical, sometimes earnest and a work which shows the great Russian composer from his more playful side. 

The concert closes with a rendition of Richard Strauss’s first tone poem, Macbeth, written in 1886. This rarely performed work has been championed by Alexander over the last few seasons, with recent performances in New Zealand, Melbourne, Nuremberg and Montreal. It is a stormy, brilliant and virtuosic work, which lifts the curtain on the extraordinary series of tone poems which followed: Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Don Quixote, Ein Heldenleben and Till Eulenspiegel.

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