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
March 23, 2018 | 8:00PM
The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
March 24, 2018 | 7:00PM
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium | Perelman Stage
New York, NY
March 28, 2018 | 7:30PM
E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall I The University of Akron
May 8, 2018 | 2:30PM
Hewbrew Home in Riverdale
May 15, 2018 | 3:00PM