Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Plays Beethoven, Haydn and Wagner at the Naumburg Bandshell

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on July 21, 2015 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park on July 21, 2015 (Naumburg)

Listen to WQXR's archived broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, recorded July 21 at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.

Orpheus is widely recognized for its signature process: performing without a conductor and rotating musical leadership positions. But playing outdoors in New York always adds new layers of unpredictability. Hear the results when the ensemble kicks off the evening with Haydn’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major. Haydn modeled his symphony after the Italian opera overture that was organized into three sections. The faster first and third movements are separated by the slower paced second movement, said to represent a runner’s walking break in between two sprints.

Next we hear Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. Wagner composed the piece as a birthday gift for his wife Cosima (24 years his junior) after the birth of their son Siegfried. The composer intended the piece to remain private among his family, but financial pressures forced him to sell his work in 1878. The piece retains a dream-like quality, especially due to the German lullaby played by the oboe.

The performance ends with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major. The piece has an unusually upbeat rhythm, creating a sense of momentum in the second and third movements using repeated notes and rising scales. The finale reinforces the rhythmic intensity by accentuating the off-beats.

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Program playlist:

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, 1759, Hoboken l/1
Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, 1870, WWV. 103
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, 1813

Comments [3]

A careful look at the photo, above, shows the anchoring pole at the bottom of the banner sticking out on the left-hand side. Yes, the wind was that strong. Banner was fixed at intermission, and the concert continued without a hitch.


Jul. 23 2015 01:04 AM

Great concert with only the fewest of light sprinkles. Though at times, the weather seemed quite ominous.

Thank you, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, thank you, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and thank you, WQXR!


Jul. 21 2015 10:49 PM

What are 'off- beats'? Are they similar to 'off-beats'? Or even 'offbeats' (courtesy Merriam-Webster online)?


Jul. 21 2015 12:31 AM

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