East Coast Chamber Orchestra at the Naumburg Bandshell

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra play at the Naumburg Bandshell on Aug. 4, 2015. The East Coast Chamber Orchestra play at the Naumburg Bandshell on Aug. 4, 2015. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

Listen to the archived broadcast, recorded August 4 at Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). The conductor-less ensemble made up of members of a variety of American orchestras and quartets features works by Tchaikovsky, Biber, Geminiani and Judd Greenstein.

Greenstein, a New York composer and co-director of New Amsterdam Records, describes Four on the Floor as an "energetic, upbeat work that pushes relentlessly forward with a non-stop motor." But "hidden underneath this frenetic surface lies a secret desire for reflection and even repose."

Biber's Battalia is a programmatic "battle" piece, full of regal splendor. Violinist and ECCO member Michi Wiancko arranged Geminiani's Baroque Follia, a dance of Portuguese origin whose earliest examples date from the 15th century, which is transformed into a showpiece for string band. Tchaikovsky's lush Serenade for Strings rounds out the evening, and WQXR's summer broadcasts from Naumburg.

Naomi Lewin hosts the broadcast. We want to hear about and see all your favorite summer music experiences. Tag your Tweets and Instagram photos with #WQXRsummer.


Judd Greenstein, (1979- ), Four on the Floor, 2006

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, (1644-1704), Battalia à 10 D-major, C. 61 (1673)
        I. Sonata
        II. Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor
        III. Presto
        IV. Der Mars
        V. Presto
        VI. Aria
        VII. Die Schlacht
        VIII. Adagio. Lamento der Verwundten Musquetirer

Francesco Geminiani / Michi Wiancko, (1687-1762) / (1976 - ), "La Follia" Variations for String


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, (1840-1893), Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, (1880)
         I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina: Andante non troppo – Allegro moderato –
         II. Andante non troppo
         III. Waltz: Moderato
         IV. Elégie: Larghetto elegiaco
         V. Finale: (Théma russe): Andante – Allegro con spirit – Molto meno mosso – Allegro con spirit

Comments [4]

Christian from NYC

My family had a great time at this concert! Is there any way we can purchase this recording? It would be nice to be able to listen without having to be online.

Aug. 07 2015 12:40 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

This is interesting and thoughtful program-making. I've never heard any of the pieces except the Tchaikovsky Serenade in C for String Orchestra, during which playing of the Waltz, to my delight, there was a slower tempo adopted 14 bars before the end of the movement, though it's not so indicated in the score. This is where the violas' fragment is answered by the second violins. The only other performance I've heard with the imposition of the slower tempo was at a Tanglewood concert at which Kurt Masur conducted the Boston Symphony strings. Regarding the East Coast Chamber Orchestra's performance, I didn't like the ritenuti at the end of the principal material in the Waltz, though, but I liked everything else I heard. I hope the Naumburg Bandshell performances continue for a long, long time.

Aug. 06 2015 10:55 AM

No rain! As I expected, the Tchaikovsky was my favorite of the four works, but all were beautifully played. Great nuance. These musicians show in-depth knowledge of the works they play.


Aug. 04 2015 11:45 PM

While I'm looking forward to the concert in general, I'm really looking forward to the Tchaikovsky. So far, the weather report looks good!


Aug. 03 2015 01:06 AM

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