Alexander Shelley this week makes his debut in Brazil, giving three concerts with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estada de São Paulo (OSESP) at the Sala São Paulo. He will be joined by pianist and regular collaborator Gabriela Montero for a programme that features music by Rossini, Mozart and Beethoven.
Pour la première fois depuis la nomination de son nouveau directeur musical, Alexander Shelley, l’Orchestre du Centre national des arts est l’invité de l’OSM.
Vivian Fung’s Earworms received its world premiere. Next came Boris Giltburg’s fast-talking rendition of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. After the intermission, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 provided a more serious, expansive contrast to the lively chatter of the first half.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra and Alexander Shelley tonight and tomorrow premiere Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s new work “Earworms”, taking it to Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall at the weekend. The piece, an NAC commission, plays with memorable melodies and motifs that have plagued the composer.
Alexander makes his debut in Finland this week, performing an all-German programme with the Helsinki Philharmonic.
The programme begins with Wolfgang Rihm’s 2002 score ‘Verwandlung’, a fifteen minute work for symphony orchestra that echoes motifs of Mahler, Strauss, Bruckner and Berg in a sound world that is distant and dream-like.
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’.