Having opened the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series season last week with world premiere performances of Gordon Hamilton’s Antarctic-inspired ‘Far South’ and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Alexander this week led performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Town Hall.
Three of the concerts presented two orchestra classics: Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. In their review of these concerts Limelight Magazine praised the ‘polished, long-view performance….’ and ‘compelling musical storytelling’.
On Friday March 13th two of the SSO’s string leaders – concert master Harry Bennett’s and viola principal Tobias Breider – stepped up as soloists in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, with the Sydney Morning Herald commenting on the ‘delicately nuanced’ reading of the Afternoon of a Faun and the ‘welcome mixture of forward projection and classic discernment’ in the Mozart.
Next week Alexander continues on to Wellington for a week of concerts with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.