Clara - Robert - Johannes: Darlings of the Muses Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley

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Label: Groupe Analekta, Inc

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

Artist: Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra & Alexander Shelley

Composer: Clara Schumann (1819–1896), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”:
  • 1Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”: I. Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace11:18
  • 2Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”: II. Larghetto06:11
  • 3Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”: III. Scherzo : Molto vivace05:44
  • 4Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 38 “Spring”: IV. Allegro animato e grazioso08:47
  • Gabriela Montero (b. 1970):
  • 5Improvisation No. 105:46
  • Clara Schumann (1819 - 1896): Piano concerto in A Minor, Op. 7:
  • 6Piano concerto in A Minor, Op. 7: I. Allegro maestoso06:30
  • 7Piano concerto in A Minor, Op. 7: II. Romanze : Andante non troppo con grazia04:56
  • 8Piano concerto in A Minor, Op. 7: III. Finale : Allegro non troppo – Allegro molto11:03
  • Gabriela Montero:
  • 9Improvisation No. 203:20
  • 10Improvisation No. 303:35
  • 11Improvisation No. 402:25
  • 12Improvisation No. 503:43
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68:
  • 13Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto – Allegro – Meno allegro16:09
  • 14Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto09:05
  • 15Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso05:14
  • 16Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: IV. Adagio – Più andante – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio – Più allegro18:25
  • Total Runtime02:02:11

Info for Clara - Robert - Johannes: Darlings of the Muses

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birthday, the National Arts Centre Orchestra is releasing three digital-only teaser tracks to herald in its next recording cycle, launching spring 2020.

This recording cycle explores the closely intertwined personal and artistic connections between three musical giants: Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley is working with Clara Schumann scholar Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers, and Brahms biographer Jan Swafford, to shape an insightful narrative illustrating the lives and works of these three Romantics. Robert Schumann’s and Johannes Brahms’ symphonies will be paired, and combined with Clara Schumann’s chamber works and extant orchestral pieces, including some special gems.

“I have always loved these symphonies and saw many links between them. It was a real pleasure performing them with this Orchestra in 2016, and it’s always been my dream to record them and release them together. No story of these two composers is complete without Clara, much more famous in her lifetime than her husband, and a strong influence on both Robert and Johannes. We crafted this vision with Clara Schumann scholar Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers, to combine the symphonies with pieces by Clara in ways that provide an insightful narrative to the intertwined lives and works of these three Romantics.”- NAC Music Director, Alexander Shelley.

Angela Hewitt, piano
Yosuke Kawasaki, violin
Orchestre du Centre national des Arts du Canada
Alexander Shelley, conductor

Erin Wall
Acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, Erin Wall sings an extensive opera and concert repertoire which spans three centuries, from Mozart and Beethoven to Britten and Strauss. She has sung leading roles in many of the world's great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and appears in concert with leading maestri and symphony orchestras worldwide.

Ms. Wall's 2016-2017 season includes her San Francisco Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and a return to Vancouver Opera, where she will sing Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, a role debut. She will also return to Michigan Opera Theatre as Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-winning opera Silent Night. She makes her debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester conducted by David Zinman in a concert performance of Barber's Vanessa, a role she debuted in July 2016 to universal acclaim at Santa Fe Opera. She will return to the Melbourne Symphony for a concert performance of Thaïs, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Other concert appearances include Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Edo De Waart, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with De Waart and the San Diego Symphony and also with Brett Mitchell and the Colorado Symphony, and performances of Vier Letzte Lieder with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard in Glasgow and Newcastle. She will return to the NHK Symphony in Tokyo for Mahler's 8th Symphony with Paavo Järvi conducting.

Recent season highlights include the title role in Arabella and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, both at the Metropolitan Opera, and Elgar's oratorio The Kingdom at the BBC First Night of the Proms at Royal Albert Hall. Ms Wall's recording of Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with the Melbourne Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis was released in 2014 to tremendous acclaim, and was followed by tour performances with the MSO in the Concergebouw and at the Edinburgh Festival. She also performed Vier Letzte Lieder with the CBSO, conducted by Andris Nelsons. Other recent notable debuts included the Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann, Clémence in L’amour de loin with the Canadian Opera Company and L'Opéra du Québec, the title role in Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival, and the title role in Arabella at Santa Fe Opera. Ms. Wall sang her first Verdi Requiems (Robertson/Runnicles), Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony with Haitink conducting, and toured Europe singing Britten's War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Andris Nelsons conducting. In recent seasons, Ms. Wall has sung the 2nd, 4th, and 8th symphonies of Mahler on 5 continents in over 25 performances.

Mahler's 8th Symphony has figured prominently in Ms. Wall's concert career, and her discography includes the 2010 GRAMMY® award-winning recording of this work for Best Classical Album, released by the San Francisco Symphony in 2009 and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Deutsche Grammophon recording released in 2007 conducted by Pierre Boulez. Other recordings include the San Francisco Symphony's recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas; Virgin Classics DVD of Mozart's Così fan tutte recorded live at the Aix-en-Provence festival in 2005, directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Daniel Harding; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Kent Nagano conducting Beethoven's 9th Symphony for the grand opening of La Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts, available on Sony Classical/Analekta; and the recently released ArtHaus DVD of Britten’s War Requiem, filmed and recorded live at the 50th anniversary performance of the work’s premiere, with the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons. Most recent releases include Handel's Messiah with the Sir Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony, and Dvorak's Stabat Mater with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunksorchester.

Ms. Wall began her professional career in 2001 as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has since appeared with Lyric Opera as Marguerite in Faust, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Konstanze in Die Entführung auf dem Serail and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. In recent seasons, Ms. Wall has debuted in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, L'opéra National de Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Theâtre du Châtelet, Theater an der Wien, Den Norske Oper, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, and Atlanta Opera.

Ms. Wall has appeared in concert with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony (in San Francisco, Luxembourg, Lucerne, and at Carnegie Hall), Philadelphia Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony in the USA. In her native Canada she has sung with the National Arts Center Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Edmonton Symphony. Overseas she has sung with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Paris, Hessische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Orchestra, Trondheim Symphonie, the Residentie Orkest and Limburgs Symfonie Orkest (Netherlands); the NHK Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo); the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies in Australia; and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro. In addition she appears regularly at summer music festivals including Ravinia (Chicago), Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood (Massachusetts), Lanaudière (Montréal), Mostly Mozart (New York City), and Campos do Jordao (Brazil).

Ms. Wall is very grateful to have received awards and scholarship assistance from the Richard Tucker Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Florida Opera and Dallas Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She studied at Western Washington University, Rice University, Aspen Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West.

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