On-Demand: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Vox Humana

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

If all music is an extension of the human voice, for Franz Schreker, an Austrian composer of the early 20th century, a passion for opera colored the lush and melodious Intermezzo and Scherzo.

His Scherzo for Strings opens this program, followed by Beethoven’s Romance No. 2, an elegant piece that displays the iconic composer's lyrical side, and features the Orpheus debut of German violinist Viviane Hagner. WQXR broadcasted the concert live from Carnegie Hall on April 28 with hosts Naomi Lewin and Terrance McKnight.

Hagner also performs Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto No. 5, a virtuoso tour-de-force in the grand Romantic tradition made famous by legendary violinists like Eugène Ysaÿe and Jascha Heifetz.

The evening’s world premiere comes from the young composer Alex Mincek, whose Pendulum IX: "Machina/Humana" is the last of the four commissioned works through Project 440.

Orpheus’ Carnegie Hall season concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, a thrilling masterwork that speaks as pure music.

Program details:

Franz Schreker: Scherzo for Strings
Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance No. 2 in F Major
Henri Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor
Alex Mincek: Pendulum IX: "Machina/Humana" (Project 440 World Premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Video: Pendulum IX: "Machina/Humana" by Alex Mincek, a Project 440 commission:

Comments [2]

Sidney Goldman from Baldwin, New York 11510

Live broadcasts! WQXR has greatly contributed to our exposure to the best concerts. You may not be able to go to these concerts. And you may have missed these live concerts on the station. But what do we have here?

Yes, WQXR does it again. I am listening to this concert on my computer, Friday, May 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm!

Remarkable, isn't it?

Thank you WQXE.

May. 04 2012 02:52 PM
Les Bernstein from Miami, Florida

I urge one and all to listen to this concert because of the excellence of the Orpheus Ensemble, the provocative program, and the chance to hear Viviane Hagner perform. She participated in the joint concert of the Berlin and Israel Philharmonics in Tel Aviv in 1990 conducted by Zubin Mehta. She played Saint-Sae"ns "Introduction and Rondo cappricioso". I was thrilled with what I heard. (The program comprised the 2nd movement from Ben-Haim's First Symphony with both orchestras, the "Introduction..."with the Israel, von Weber's "Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra" with Sharon Kam and the Berlin, "La Valse" and the Beethoven Fifth with both orchestras.) Those of us who will be listening to the Metropolitan's "Die Walku"re" broadcast and this Orpheus Chamber Orchestra concert will have an abundance of riches, to say the least.

Apr. 27 2012 09:08 AM

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