Tchaikovsky bared his sensitive soul in the String Quartet No. 1, his first mature piece of chamber music; now Christopher Theofanidis, one of the most vivid orchestral composers alive, expands Tchaikovsky’s introspective essay into a radiant Chamber Symphony. Fratres by Estonia’s Arvo Pärt also marked a personal breakthrough, with Gregorian chant and church bells guiding this musical mystic toward radical new simplicity and spirituality. This arrangement for chamber orchestra amplifies the reverent reverberations of a signature Pärt score. The beloved Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii joins the Orpheus strings for a streamlined orchestration of Chopin’s early Piano Concerto No. 2, a work in which virtuoso showmanship mingles with the intimacy of Chopin’s solo music.
Nobuyuki Tsujii, Piano
PÄRT: Fratres (arranged for chamber orchestra, New York Premiere)
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 for Piano and Strings
TCHAIKOVSKY: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in D Major (after String Quartet Op. 11b, arr. Christopher Theofanidis. Commissioned by Orpheus)
NOW HEAR THIS!
Works listed in red are part of Now Hear This, a new Orpheus initiative dedicated to re-imagining musical gems from the past with new orchestration!
More upcoming performances
June 26, 2018 | 7:30PM
Naumburg Bandshell | Central Park
New York, NY
July 2, 2018 | 7:30PM
Harriet Johnson Auditorium
Winona , MN
September 14, 2018 | 8:00PM
Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College
October 10, 2018 | 6:30PM
New York, NY
November 6, 2018 | 7:00PM
DePaul University – Mary Gannon Concert Hall