Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Live at Carnegie Hall with Kate Royal

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

On Saturday, December 4 at 8 pm, WQXR brings you a live broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall. The program features the soprano Kate Royal and a new spin on the three B's: Barber, Britten and Beethoven -- the latter through his Symphony No. 7 in A major. The London-based Royal joins the orchestra for Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations, a song cycle based on nine poems by French poet Arthur Rimbaud that reflect the composer's spirit of adventure.

WQXR's David Garland and Jeff Spurgeon co-host the broadcast.

Program Details

Samuel Barber
Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21

Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations, Op. 18

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Hear Kate Royal in a 2008 episode of WQXR's Concerts from the Frick Collection.

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA is in a class by itself. being so homogenously made up of like-minded professional instrumentalists who seek to fulfill the composer's intentions without showboating, but rather co-mingling their talents for a unified expression. The joyous outpouring of the movements of the Beethoven Symphony #7 in A Major, particularly after the first movement, reveal, as well as anything can, the tempestuous fervor of a towering super genius confident of his extraordinaryability to excite with his tonal writing. The familiar work is most appropriate for this ensemble to undertake. To be honest, if given a choice, I would prefer the much larger ensembles if they, too, could function without a conductor, as in the case of the Symphony of the Air which played its tribute to him after Toscanini's death, also minus a conductor, but how well indeed they remembered Toscanini's exhortations

Dec. 04 2010 10:04 PM

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