Glimpse of a Suffering Soul

By: James R. Oestreich – February 10th, 2017

On the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s February 4th, 2017 performance at Carnegie Hall.


Michael Hersch’s “end stages,” commissioned and given its New York premiere by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, was a little-relieved cry of anguish and anger in the face of terminal illness and death. But with a faint tolling of orchestral bells and whimpers in the violins at the end of the second movement, attitude gave way to what seemed a touching glimpse of the suffering soul itself.