Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Pushing Boundaries

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra continues its 39th season with a program that includes oboe soloist Albrecht Mayer, Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1 (Chamber Music No. 1), and a world premiere by the up-and-coming composer Andrew Norman.

Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1 launched his career at the age of 26 and captures the brassy, bubbling energy of 1920s Germany. It is the first in the series of eight compositions he wrote between 1922 and 1927.

German oboist Albrecht Mayer returns to Orpheus with two works that stretch the oboe repertoire: Bach’s Concerto in A Major for Oboe d’amore, which was reconstructed from the composer’s own keyboard arrangement, and Mozart’s Andante, borrowing a favorite flute solo.

The world premiere commission comes from Andrew Norman, whose textured music re-imagines the orchestra for the 21st century. It is the second of four world premieres from rising composers commissioned through Project 440.

Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, "Drumroll" rounds out the program.

WQXR broadcasts the concert live from Carnegie Hall at 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 3, with host Naomi Lewin.

Program details:

Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24

Mozart: Andante for Oboe and Orchestra in C Major, K. 315

Bach: Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055

Andrew Norman: Apart, Together (Project 440 commission, World Premiere)

Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, "Drumroll"

Video: Apart, Together by Andrew Norman, a Project 440 commission

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Comments [5]

Jason Appelbaum

Wonderful, Thank You

Dec. 07 2011 07:09 PM
Da Ping Luo

Mr. Mayer performed two encores with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - A chloris by Rinaldo Hahn and Handel's Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo.

Dec. 05 2011 11:44 AM
Playgoer from NYC

What was that beautiful encore Albrecht Mayer played? Familiar piece but I didn't catch the name on the broadcast

Dec. 05 2011 10:54 AM
Michael Rheubottom from Rockland County, NY

Thank you so much. It's been a couple of day since Beethoven awareness month ended and boy do I miss it; absolutely spectacular. Coincidentally, in October I had said to a friend that all of his contemporaries were musical geniuses but Beethoven was a super genius and in November you proved it. A musical figure who towers above all others. Further, I must thank you for exposing me to his piano work, more proof of his genius. Listen to the left hand sections, amazing!

Dec. 03 2011 10:03 PM

I will be civil but I must say the money spent on Mr.Norman's non-music could have fed many hungry children in NYC. the Haydn sym. was from an old,burnt out man,dull and repetitive.

Only the first half of the concert was worth hearing and the oboist was a real treat.Mr.Mayer was an audience charmer who offered two encores and several laughs.
Thanks,Naomi, for playing some Norman in the intermission and warning us at home what was coming.

Dec. 03 2011 09:53 PM

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