NAC Southam Hall
“When soul meets soul on lovers' lips.”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann, each represented by a collection of their complete output in one art-form, reveal their innermost personae. Beethoven: a storm, powerful, unpredictable, with a voice both heroic and lyrical. Schumann reveals to us a childlike tenderness, by turns melancholic and joyful.
From Schumann’s symphonies, expect fresh interpretations with light brushstrokes, vivid sound palettes, and sharp contrasts. From the Beethoven piano concertos, get set for dazzling virtuosity, passion and soul as each soloist brings a unique approach.
Through intimate pre- and post-concert events you’ll develop a deeper understanding of these two Romantic era composers.
Join Alexander Shelley, the NAC Orchestra, and a roster of world-renowned pianists, as they interpret these expressive and timeless masterpieces.
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Great Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs a work in which nineteen-year-old Beethoven combined his respect for musical tradition with an irrepressible flair for innovation.
Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra bring alive the restless, searching spirit of two great composers, with a focus on Jonathan Biss’s fresh approach to music by a young Beethoven.
Multifaceted pianist Angela Hewitt joins members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for intimate performances of chamber music by Beethoven and Schumann.