Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
with Javier Perianes, Piano
Sunday, January 6, 2019, 3:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor.

Their concerts are extraordinary musical experiences that inspire audiences. They are joined by Javier Perianes, a sought-after piano soloist whose flourishing career spans five continents and countless performances with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras.

Still Life

James Matheson

In the composer’s own words:

There’s a double meaning to Still Life; both in its reference to a style of visual art that focused on the complexity of arrangement within a seemingly simple form, as well the fact that the surface simplicity of a still life also has a shimmering activity in the details of the work; a productive tension between the surface detail and the simple form that holds it together.

The second meaning here is simply acknowledging that, despite the division into polarized groups that define the political and social system today. It’s still life as it has always been.

Matheson, Still Life

Mozart: Concerto, Piano, No.27, K.595, B-flat major

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Dvorak/D. Russell Davies: (5) Bagatelles, Op.47

Mozart: Symphony No.33, K.319, B-flat major

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, education, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.

Committed to innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. Orpheus performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work, with a focus on presenting diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered 48 original works. Orpheus’s recordings include the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures for Deutsche Grammophon, and over 70 other recordings for DG, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, BMG/RCA Red Seal, Decca, and others, including its own label, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Records.

Orpheus presents an annual concert series in New York City featuring performances at Carnegie Hall and the 92ndStreet Y, as well as an intimate Twilight chamber series in the elegant instrument showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows in midtown Manhattan. The orchestra also tours extensively to major national and international venues. The 2018-19 season features five new-to-Orpheus artists and Now Hear This!, a new initiative dedicated to reimagining musical gems of the past with new arrangements by top-notch composers. Beloved Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii opens the Carnegie Hall series with Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. In November, Orpheus welcomes vibrant mandolin & accordion duo Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova, who will treat audiences to a reinvention of their time-honored instruments in a novel rearrangement of Bach. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes joins Orpheus for Mozart’s last Piano Concerto No. 27. Orpheus’ American Notes initiative welcomes Golden Globe®-, GRAMMY®- and Emmy®-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch and New York favorite James Matheson for two new works commissioned by Orpheus. British cellist Steven Isserlis opens Orpheus’ new 92Y series to explore the thrilling emotions of C.P.E. Bach‘s Concerto in A Major. The season ends with a flourish: Richard Strauss’ rendering of a fabled trickster, played in a lively arrangement for chamber ensemble. Iranian harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani juggles tradition and disruption in a chamber symphony reworking of Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds (K. 452) by Jean Françaix.

JAVIER PERIANES – Described as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch” (The Telegraph), Javier Perianes’ flourishing international career spans five continents taking him to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Barbican, Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London, Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He has performed with conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Dudamel, Mehta, Maazel, Frühbeck de Burgos, Harding, Temirkanov, López Cobos, Oramo, Mena, Afkham, Heras-Casado, Pons, Orozco-Estrada, Ticciati, Dausgaard, Jurowski, Yu Long and V. Petrenko, among others, and appeared at festivals such as Lucerne, BBC Proms, Vail, Blossom, Ravinia, La Roque d’Anthéron, Bregenz, Grafenegg, San Sebastián and Granada.

The 2017/18 season includes high-profile concert dates including returns to Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Finnish and Norwegian Radio, Danish National, City of Birmingham and Hamburger Symphoniker, as well as debuts with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Basel, RTÉ National, Oslo Philharmonic, Lille and Moscow State Symphony orchestras. He also tours with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Spanish National Orchestra.

Recent highlights include concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta Symphony orchestras, Los Angeles, New York and London Philharmonic orchestras, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as tours with ensembles in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and a month-long recital tour of North and South America.

Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi. His diverse discography ranging from Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Chopin, and Mendelssohn to Turina, Granados, Mompou, Falla and Blasco de Nebra has earned acclaim from press and public alike. Demonstrating “a true lyrical gift” (Gramophone), his most recent album with the label was Schubert’s Sonatas D.960 & D.664, and his next release will be in Spring 2018 with his recording of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Münchner Philharmoniker and Heras-Casado.

Event Info

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor.

Their concerts are extraordinary musical experiences that inspire audiences. They are joined by Javier Perianes, a sought-after piano soloist whose flourishing career spans five continents and countless performances with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras.

Still Life

James Matheson

In the composer’s own words:

There’s a double meaning to Still Life; both in its reference to a style of visual art that focused on the complexity of arrangement within a seemingly simple form, as well the fact that the surface simplicity of a still life also has a shimmering activity in the details of the work; a productive tension between the surface detail and the simple form that holds it together.

The second meaning here is simply acknowledging that, despite the division into polarized groups that define the political and social system today. It’s still life as it has always been.

Program Notes

Matheson, Still Life

Mozart: Concerto, Piano, No.27, K.595, B-flat major

//

Dvorak/D. Russell Davies: (5) Bagatelles, Op.47

Mozart: Symphony No.33, K.319, B-flat major

More About The Artist

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, education, and a passion for artistic excellence. Orpheus strives to be the world’s premier chamber orchestra by performing music at the highest level without a conductor, challenging artistic boundaries, inspiring the public to think and work with new perspectives, and building a broad and active audience in New York City and around the world.

Committed to innovation and artistic excellence, Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of like-minded young musicians determined to combine the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra. Orpheus performs without a conductor, rotating musical leadership roles for each work, with a focus on presenting diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered 48 original works. Orpheus’s recordings include the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures for Deutsche Grammophon, and over 70 other recordings for DG, Sony Classical, EMI Classics, BMG/RCA Red Seal, Decca, and others, including its own label, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Records.

Orpheus presents an annual concert series in New York City featuring performances at Carnegie Hall and the 92ndStreet Y, as well as an intimate Twilight chamber series in the elegant instrument showroom at Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows in midtown Manhattan. The orchestra also tours extensively to major national and international venues. The 2018-19 season features five new-to-Orpheus artists and Now Hear This!, a new initiative dedicated to reimagining musical gems of the past with new arrangements by top-notch composers. Beloved Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii opens the Carnegie Hall series with Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. In November, Orpheus welcomes vibrant mandolin & accordion duo Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova, who will treat audiences to a reinvention of their time-honored instruments in a novel rearrangement of Bach. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes joins Orpheus for Mozart’s last Piano Concerto No. 27. Orpheus’ American Notes initiative welcomes Golden Globe®-, GRAMMY®- and Emmy®-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch and New York favorite James Matheson for two new works commissioned by Orpheus. British cellist Steven Isserlis opens Orpheus’ new 92Y series to explore the thrilling emotions of C.P.E. Bach‘s Concerto in A Major. The season ends with a flourish: Richard Strauss’ rendering of a fabled trickster, played in a lively arrangement for chamber ensemble. Iranian harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani juggles tradition and disruption in a chamber symphony reworking of Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds (K. 452) by Jean Françaix.

JAVIER PERIANES – Described as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch” (The Telegraph), Javier Perianes’ flourishing international career spans five continents taking him to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Barbican, Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London, Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He has performed with conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Dudamel, Mehta, Maazel, Frühbeck de Burgos, Harding, Temirkanov, López Cobos, Oramo, Mena, Afkham, Heras-Casado, Pons, Orozco-Estrada, Ticciati, Dausgaard, Jurowski, Yu Long and V. Petrenko, among others, and appeared at festivals such as Lucerne, BBC Proms, Vail, Blossom, Ravinia, La Roque d’Anthéron, Bregenz, Grafenegg, San Sebastián and Granada.

The 2017/18 season includes high-profile concert dates including returns to Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Finnish and Norwegian Radio, Danish National, City of Birmingham and Hamburger Symphoniker, as well as debuts with Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Basel, RTÉ National, Oslo Philharmonic, Lille and Moscow State Symphony orchestras. He also tours with the Münchner Philharmoniker and Spanish National Orchestra.

Recent highlights include concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta Symphony orchestras, Los Angeles, New York and London Philharmonic orchestras, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony orchestras, as well as tours with ensembles in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and a month-long recital tour of North and South America.

Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi. His diverse discography ranging from Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy, Chopin, and Mendelssohn to Turina, Granados, Mompou, Falla and Blasco de Nebra has earned acclaim from press and public alike. Demonstrating “a true lyrical gift” (Gramophone), his most recent album with the label was Schubert’s Sonatas D.960 & D.664, and his next release will be in Spring 2018 with his recording of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Münchner Philharmoniker and Heras-Casado.

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