Released: June 2, 2014
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Featured Artist: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Frank Morelli, Susan Palma Nidel
Orpheus brings Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Concerto to new life as Charles Neidich soars above, below, and between the orchestra with grace and ease. In Horn Concerto No. 1 and No. 4 David Jolley’s glowing tone meets Orpheus in a lyrical conversation punctuated with grandiose dance-like sections. Horn Concertos No. 2 and No. 3 feature William Purvis and the orchestra in complete synchronization in undulating melodies blossoming together in musical ecstasy. In Mozart’s oboe concerto the orchestra sets a new scene full of festive, effervescent vitality as though a lover awaits the arrival of her prince. Randall Wolfgang and Orpheus bring such animation to the piece the imagination can’t help run wild. Frank Morelli, a force to be reckoned with, sings through his bassoon inspiring a darker honey tone from the orchestra. The undeniable unity between flutist Susan Palma and Orpheus suggests a deep real-life bond in friendship. The final piece in the collection featuring Flute, Harp, and Orchestra marries the woodwind and strings sounds in a colorful and personal dialogue. Orpheus profiles the inner voice-leading with utmost care and attention distinguishing this recording from others with. This three-CD Mozart concerto collection is blanketed in Orpheus’ uniquely tender and intimate sound.