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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is among the world’s most esteemed small orchestras, perhaps perhaps most obviously for what it lacks–namely, a conductor. Orpheus operates based on rotating command among a collective band of equals. Co-founder Julian Fifer, a cellist, says he and several like-minded musicians had been motivated to discovered the orchestra in 1972 from several ideals that grew throughout that period, including “questioning of power and a restored focus on collective goals, [which] motivated [them] to generate an ensemble whose creative expression was predicated on distributed command and responsibility.” For every function the group applications, a concertmaster and primary players are elected to look for the idea for the functionality and to immediate rehearsals. At last rehearsals, all users donate to refining the overall performance and execution; in overall performance, the users play with chamber-music-like focus on one another. The results, seen as a great precision, personality and dramatic flair, possess recognized Orpheus from all the conductorless ensembles, which frequently lack musical character. The essential orchestra normally comprises 18 strings and around half that lots of winds. The primary of the concert life is definitely a membership series at Carnegie Hall in NY, and yet another series in the city’s Riverside Chapel. Orpheus’ repertory runs from Vivaldi to modern works, almost 40 which have already been commissioned from the group. The majority of their previous recordings were released within the Deutsche Grammophon label, but past due within the 1990s they started to increase their set of documented projects, including among tango-based functions by Astor Piazzolla, a jazz-inspired recording of Gershwin and Ravel with Herbie Hancock on Verve, and some Mozart piano concertos with Richard Goode on non-esuch. In 2001, Orpheus received a Grammy for Darkness Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures, and in early 2014, the orchestra released its 1st self-produced recording, Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7. In 1998 Orpheus undertook a significant tour of Southeast Asia, including Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Brunei, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, and Hanoi. This included the very first overall performance in Vietnam by an American orchestra because the end from the Vietnam Battle. During Hanoi, members from the orchestra executed master classes on the equipment and on ensemble playing on the Hanoi Country wide Conservatory of Music. Altogether, they have performed in a lot more than 300 metropolitan areas in 50 countries. Back america, the group provides begun to talk about its school of thought of distributed leadership with nonmusical organizations, giving workshops to corporate professionals (including those of Kraft Foods and Novartus Pharmaceuticals).

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Music Songs Canon in D, Romance for Violin and Orchestra no. 2 in F major, op. 50: Adagio cantabile, Ciacona in G Minor, Romanza Andaluza, op. 22 no. 1, La Primavera : I. Allegro, Romanian folk dances, Sz 68, Dvorák: Serenade For Strings In E, Op.22 - 2. Tempo Di Valse, Ives: The Unanswered Question, J.S. Bach: Suite No.3 In D Major, BWV 1068 - 2. Air, Lensky's Aria, La Primavera : III. Allegro, Serenade No. 10 for 12 Winds & Contrabass in B-flat major, K. 370a/361 "Gran partita": I. Largo - allegro molto, Sinfonia No. 8 in D major: IV. Allegro Molto, Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12, Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op.3/10, RV 580: 3. Allegro, 2. Adagio - Cadenza By Charles Neidich, Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op.3/10, RV 580: 2. Largo - Larghetto - Largo, Milonga en el viento, Pie Jesu from Requiem, Op. 48, Gymnopédie no. 3, La Primavera : II. Largo, Romance in G major, Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F, HWV 348 - Allegro, Sinfonia No. 8 in D major: I. Adagio e grave - Allegro, Serenade No. 10 for 12 Winds & Contrabass in B-flat major, K. 370a/361 "Gran partita": III. Adagio, Hungarian Rondo, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, L'Inverno : III. Allegro, Clarinet Concerto in A major, K 622: I. Allegro, Dvorák: Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op.11, Romance in F major, op. 36, Concierto de Aranjuez: Allegro con spirito
Albums Wayfaring Stranger, Wassermusik / Feuerwerksmusik (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), Overtures (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), A Little Light Music, Creation, Dvorak: Serenades opp. 22&44, Weber: Clarinet Concertos / Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations, A Set of Pieces: Music by Charles Ives, Horn Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 / Oboe Concerto / Bassoon Concerto, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Kreisler: Concerto For Violin In The Style Of Vivaldi, Points of Departure, Stravinsky: Orpheus; Danses concertantes, Tango Romance, Ancient Airs and Dances I & III / Three Botticelli Pictures / The Birds, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations - Mischa Maisky, The Four Seasons, Serenaden & Divertimenti, Pavane, Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll / Sibelius: Valse triste, Symphonies, Piano Concertos nos. 21 & 22, Concierto de Aranjuez (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Göran Söllscher), 6 Flute Concertos, Op. 10, Handel: Water Music, HWV 348-350; Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351, Summer Evening, Tea Time Classics, Appalachian Spring / Short Symphony / 3 Latin American Sketches / Quiet City, Clarinet Concerto / Horn Concertos Nos. 1 and 4, Haydn, J.: Symphonies Nos.Hob.I:81 & Hob.I:45 "Farewell", Mozart, W.A.: Symphonies Nos.29, 33 & 40, Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 44 & 77, Respighi: Werke für Streichorchester, Béla Bartók: Divertimento · Romanian Folk Dances / Leoš Janácek: Mládí, Concerti Grossi op. 6, Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (Classic FM: The Full Works), Gros, Hertel, Hummel: Trumpet Concertos, Mozart, W.A.: The Wind Concertos / Serenades / Divertimenti, Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 48 "Maria Theresia" & 49 "La Passione", Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante K.297b & K.364, Wind Serenades K. 375 & 388 - Blaserserenaden, Sérénades pour instruments a vent, Stravinsky: Shadow Dances, Mozart: Flute Concertos (Orpheus CO), Verklärte Nacht / Kammersymphonien, Haydn: Symphonies Nos.53 "L'Impériale", 73 "La Chasse" & 79, Copland: Appalachian Spring, Handel: Concerti grossi op. 6, Water Music, Fireworks Music, Mozart's 40th Symphony, Romances, Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks; Water Music, Symphonies nos. 53 "L'Imperiale" / 73 "La Chasse" / 79, Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7


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Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti 2008 performer: "'Allegro' from Concerto for Flute and Strings No. 3 in D major op. 10 'Il Gardellino'"
La vie promise 2002 performer: "Wayfaring Stranger" - as The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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