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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About Alexander Shelley
ECHO prize-winner Alexander Shelley succeeded Pinchas Zukerman as Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in September 2015, making it “an orchestra transformed … hungry, bold, and unleashed” (Ottawa Citizen) and Alexander’s programming credited for turning the orchestra “almost overnight … into one of the more audacious orchestras in North America.” (Maclean’s Magazine).
At the close of the 2016/2017 season, Alexander concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a position he held since September 2009. In January 2015 he assumed the role of Principal Associate Conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
New Worlds is his third release with the NAC Orchestra on the Analekta label, following Encount3rs and the bold Life Reflected.
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About the NAC Orchestra
Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra is a superb ensemble of world-class classical musicians from across Canada and around the world, under the inspiring leadership of Music Director Alexander Shelley. Formed in 1969, the Orchestra gives about 100 performances a year in Ottawa, across Canada and around the globe, working with diverse artists of international renown.
It breaks boundaries with its regular commissions of new creations including the critically acclaimed, immersive Life Reflected.
The NAC Orchestra reaches a wide audience through national and international tours, recordings, extensive educational outreach across Canada and on tour.