May, 2016 will see the release on Toccata Classics of a disc of all the major orchestral music by Robin Walker by the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, Novaya Rossiya, conducted by Alexander Walker. The disc may be pre-ordered at this link.
Romanian tour and Elgar in Albania
In February, Alexander toured Romania conducting some of the country's most highly regarded orchestras in concerts that were received to critical and popular acclaim. Highlights included "Petrushka" with the Iasi Philharmonic and Tchaikovsky's "Manfred" Symphony with the Transylvanian Philharmonic as well as performances of Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" with the young pianist Mihaela Manea and Paganini's first violin concerto with Ioana Cristina Goicea. The tour included a moving account of Elgar's violin concerto with Alda Dizdari with the wonderful Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra. You can see the performance at this link. This followed the Albanian premiere of the work that Alda and Alexander gave in November 2015.
Havergal Brian and Waghalter CD releases
CDs of symphonies by Havergal Brian and orchestral music by Ignatz Waghalter released in 2015 have been garnering. The Brian disc spent some weeks in the top 10 of the specialist Classical Chart and Robert-Matthew Walker wrote of it:
"This is an impressive and surprisingly successful record of some deeply impressive and wholly original music. One’s surprise is the quality and genuinely committed playing of the Moscow orchestra, which deliver performances of notable distinction, of music that is by no means easy to grasp and which poses problems to any ensemble that undertakes it. The undoubted success of this release has to be laid at the feet of Alexander Walker, who clearly has the grasp of this remarkably condensed and unique series of works."