Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Biography

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world's most esteemed small orchestras, perhaps most notable for what it lacks--namely, a conductor. Orpheus operates on the basis of rotating leadership among a collective group of equals. Co-founder Julian Fifer, a cellist, says he and a group of like-minded musicians were inspired to found the orchestra in 1972 from various ideals that grew during that era, including "questioning of authority and a Read more renewed emphasis on collective goals, [which] inspired [them] to create an ensemble whose artistic expression was based on shared leadership and responsibility."

For each work the group programs, a concertmaster and principal players are elected to determine the concept for the performance and to direct rehearsals. At final rehearsals, all members contribute to refining the performance and execution; in performance, the members play with chamber-music-like attention to each other. The results, characterized by great precision, character and dramatic flair, have distinguished Orpheus from all other conductorless ensembles, which often lack musical personality.

The basic orchestra normally comprises eighteen strings and around half that many winds. The core of their concert life is a subscription series at Carnegie Hall in New York, and an additional series at the city's Riverside Church.

Orpheus' repertory ranges from Vivaldi to contemporary works, some of which have been commissioned by the group. Most of their recordings have been issued on the Deutsche Grammophon label, but late in the 1990s they began to expand their list of recorded projects, including one of tango-based works by Astor Piazzolla, a jazz-inspired album of Gershwin and Ravel with Herbie Hancock on Verve, and a series of Mozart piano concertos with Richard Goode on Nonesuch.

In 1998 Orpheus undertook a major tour of Southeast Asia, including Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Brunei, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, and Hanoi. This included the first performance in Vietnam by an American orchestra since the end of the Vietnam War. While in Hanoi, members of the orchestra conducted master classes on their instruments and on ensemble playing at the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music.

Back in the United States, the group has begun to share its philosophy of shared leadership with non-musical organizations, giving seminars to corporate executives (including those of Kraft Foods and Novartus Pharmaceuticals). Read less
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus / Orpheus
Release Date: 12/04/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 419608   Number of Discs: 1
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The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is one of the world's most esteemed small orchestras, perhaps most notable for what it lacks--namely, a conductor. Orpheus operates on the basis of rotating leadership among a collective group of equals. Co-founder Julian Fifer, a cellist, says he and a group of like-minded musicians were inspired to found the orchestra in 1972 from various ideals that grew during that era, including "questioning of authority and a Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - Overtura. Adagio - Allegro molto con brio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - Introduzione. La Tempesta. Allegro non troppo
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.1 Poco Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.2 Adagio - Allegro con brio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.3 Allegro vivace
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.4 Maestoso - Andante
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.5 Adagio - Andante quasi Allegretto
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.6 Un poco Adagio - Allegro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.7 Grave
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.8 Allegro con brio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.9 Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.10 Pastorale. Allegro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.11 Coro di Gioja. Andante
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.12 Solo di Gioja. Maestoso - Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.13 Terzettino. Grotteschi. Allegro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.14 Solo della Signora Cassentini. Andante - Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.15 Coro (e) Solo di Viganň. Andantino - Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.16 Finale. Allegretto
Haydn: Symphony in G, H.I No.81 - 1. Vivace
Haydn: Symphony in G, H.I No.81 - 2. Andante
Haydn: Symphony in G, H.I No.81 - 3. Menuetto - Allegro
Haydn: Symphony in G, H.I No.81 - Finale - Allegro ma non troppo
Haydn: Symphony in F sharp minor, H.I No.45 -"Farewell" - 1. Allegro assai
Haydn: Symphony in F sharp minor, H.I No.45 -"Farewell" - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in F sharp minor, H.I No.45 -"Farewell" - 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
Haydn: Symphony in F sharp minor, H.I No.45 -"Farewell" - 4. Finale. Presto
Haydn: Symphony in F sharp minor, H.I No.45 -"Farewell" - - Adagio
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto, assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: I. Allegro maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467: III. Allegro vivace assai
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K482: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K482: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat K482: III. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto con moto
Tempo primo (H)
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.48 - - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.48 - - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.48 - - 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.48 - - 4. Finale. Allegro
Haydn: Symphony in F minor, H.I No.49 - - 1. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in F minor, H.I No.49 - - 2. Allegro di molto
Haydn: Symphony in F minor, H.I No.49 - - 3. Menuet
Haydn: Symphony in F minor, H.I No.49 - - 4. Finale (Presto)
1. Moderato
2. Tempo Di Valse
3. Scherzo (Vivace)
4. Larghetto
5. Finale (Allegro vivace)
1. Moderato, quasi marcia
2. Minuetto (Tempo di minuetto)
3. Andante con moto
4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.78 - 1. Vivace
Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.78 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.78 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.78 - 4. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 1. Largo - Vivace
Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)
Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 4. Finale. Presto
1. Allegro con brio
2. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Canone in Diapason
3. Adagio
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Vivace
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Menuetto
4. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.22 - - 1. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.22 - - 2. Presto
Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.22 - - 3. Menuetto
Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.22 - - 4. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.63 - - 1. Allegro
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.63 - - 2. "La Roxelane". Allegretto (o piů tosto allegro)
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.63 - - 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
Haydn: Symphony in C, H.I No.63 - - 4. Finale (Prestissimo)
Haydn: Symphony in D minor, H.I No.80 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Haydn: Symphony in D minor, H.I No.80 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Symphony in D minor, H.I No.80 - 3. Menuetto
Haydn: Symphony in D minor, H.I No.80 - 4. Finale (Presto)
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): II. Adagio
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): II. Adagio
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): III. Presto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): III. Presto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): II. Adagio molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): II. Adagio molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): III. Allegro
Concerto in G Minor, RV 317 (Op.12 No.1): I. Allegro
Concerto in G Minor, RV 317 (Op.12 No.1): II. Largo
Concerto in G Minor, RV 317 (Op.12 No.1): III. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Romance (Andante)
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Largo - Allegro molto
2. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio I-II
3. Adagio
4. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio I-II
5. Romanze (Adagio - Allegretto - Adagio)
6. Tema con Variazioni: Andante
Var. I
Var. II
Var. III
Var. IV
Var. V: Adagio
Var. VI: Allegro
7. Finale (Molto allegro)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Menuetto
3. Adagio
4. Menuetto
5. Finale (Allegro)
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra In E Flat, K.364 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra In E Flat, K.364 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante For Violin, Viola And Orchestra In E Flat, K.364 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Concertone For 2 Violins And Orchestra In C, K.190 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Concertone For 2 Violins And Orchestra In C, K.190 - 2. Andantino grazioso
Mozart: Concertone For 2 Violins And Orchestra In C, K.190 - 3. Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)
1. Allegro con molto
2. Andantino amoroso
3. Tempo di minué
4. Presto ma non tanto
Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12
Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12
1. Ouverture
2. Bourrée
3. La paix
4. La réjouissance
5. Menuet I
6. Menuet II
1. Ouverture (Largo - Allegro)
2. Adagio e staccato
Allegro
Andante
without indication (da capo)
Presto
5. Air
6. Menuet
7. Bourrée
8. Hornpipe
without indication (da capo)
16. without indication
17. Rigaudon - 18. without indication
19. Menuet - 20. without indication
21. without indication - 22. without indication
11. Allegro
12. Alla hornpipe
13. Minuet
14. Lentement
15. Bourrée
1. Nicht zu schnell
2. Langsam
3. Etwas lebhafter
1. Allegro - Cadenza By Charles Neidich
2. Adagio - Cadenza By Charles Neidich
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Romance (Andante)
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Marcia (Maestoso)
2. Menuetto - Trio
3. Rondeau (Allegretto - Adagio - Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Andantino
3. Rondeau. Allegro
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Romanza (Andante)
3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - Overtura. Adagio - Allegro molto con brio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - Introduzione. La Tempesta. Allegro non troppo
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.1 Poco Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.2 Adagio - Allegro con brio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.3 Allegro vivace
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.4 Maestoso - Andante
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.5 Adagio - Andante quasi Allegretto
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.6 Un poco Adagio - Allegro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.7 Grave
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.8 Allegro con brio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.9 Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.10 Pastorale. Allegro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.11 Coro di Gioja. Andante
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.12 Solo di Gioja. Maestoso - Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.13 Terzettino. Grotteschi. Allegro
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.14 Solo della Signora Cassentini. Andante - Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.15 Coro (e) Solo di Viganň. Andantino - Adagio
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 - No.16 Finale. Allegretto
Moderato assai quasi andante
Tema: Moderato semplice
Variazione I: Tempo del Tema
Variazione II: Tempo del Tema
Variazione III: Andante sostenuto
Variazione IV: Andante grazioso
Variazione V: Allegro moderato
Cadenza
Variazione VI: Andante
Variazione VII e Coda: Allegro vivo
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Adagio cantabile e con moto
3. Allegro moderato
4. Allegro vivace
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 1. Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 1. Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 2. Largo
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 2. Largo
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in E, Op.8, No.1, R.269 "La Primavera" - 3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in G minor, Op.8, No.2, R.315 "L'estate" - 3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 3. Allegro (La caccia)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F, Op.8, No.3, R.293 "L'autunno" - 3. Allegro (La caccia)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 1. Allegro non molto
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 1. Allegro non molto
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 2. Largo
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 2. Largo
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 3. Allegro
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno" - 3. Allegro
Kreisler: Violin Concerto in C major "In the style of Vivaldi" - 1. Allegro moderato e maestoso
Kreisler: Violin Concerto in C major "In the style of Vivaldi" - 2. Andante doloroso
Kreisler: Violin Concerto in C major "In the style of Vivaldi" - 3. Allegro assai
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 - 1. Allegro
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73 - 3. Rondo: Allegretto
Weber: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat, Op.26 - Adagio ma non troppo
Weber: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat, Op.26 - Andante
Weber: Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat, Op.26 - Allegro
Weber: Clarinet Concert No.2 in E flat, Op.74 - 1. Allegro
Weber: Clarinet Concert No.2 in E flat, Op.74 - 2. Romanza: Andante
Weber: Clarinet Concert No.2 in E flat, Op.74 - 3. Alla Polacca


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