Symphony No. 7

I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace

Ludwig van Beethoven

Arrangement by Alex Vittal

Recorded live in concert by

Kevin Harbison on 9/22/2019 at

The Studios at Overland Crossing

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is Sphere's largest arrangement project to date.  Composed in 1811-12, Beethoven stated at its premiere that it was one of his best works, and it was an instant success.  The first movement begins with an extended slow introduction with long cascading scales and frequent key modulations, finally arriving at multiple repetition of the note E in preparation for the fast, joyful, and dance-like main body of the movement.

Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2

Johannes Brahms

Arrangement by David Short

Recorded live in concert by

Kevin Harbison on 11/23/2019 at

The Mercury Cafe

Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2 by Johannes Brahms is the second in a set of six solo piano intermezzi.  Composed in 1893 just four years before his death, Brahms dedicated these profoundly beautiful and moving works to his dear, life-long friend, Clara Schumann.  She was a world-renowned concert pianist and composer, and the widow of the composer Robert Schumann.  While musicologists are constantly tempted to speculate about whether Johannes and Clara were ever lovers over their 40 years of friendship, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Lisel Mueller describes their love beautifully as transcending any label or boundaries in her 1996 poem “Romantics”:

...Each time I hear

the Intermezzi, sad

and lavish in their tenderness,

I imagine the two of them

sitting in a garden

among late-blooming roses

and dark cascades of leaves,

letting the landscape speak for them,

leaving us nothing to overhear.

Utilizing Sphere's signature 13-part string writing, David Short's arrangement expertly captures the quiet, tender intimacy prevalent throughout, as well as the moments of breathless passion in this incredibly moving music.

Sphere Ensemble at

Colorado Public Radio

Symphony No. 7

II. Allegretto

Ludwig van Beethoven

Arrangement by David Short

Recorded by

Martin Skavish on 3/9/2018 at

Colorado Public Radio

Performance Studio

Cross Section

Live Recordings from 2018/2019

Sphere Ensemble is excited to present this collection of live concert highlights from our 2018/2019 season.  We hope you enjoy our signature eclectic mix of genres and styles and feel the excitement of the on-stage energy that comes across in these recordings.  Thank you to our dedicated audiences for the gracious and enthusiastic support!

Nocturnes | Francis Poulenc, Arr. Alexander Vittal

[1] No. 1 Sans traîner

 

Prince Medley | Prince, Arr. Alexander Vittal

[2] When Doves Cry

[3] Nothing Compares 2 U

[4] Kiss

Symphony No. 7 | Ludwig van Beethoven, Arr. David Short

[5] II. Allegretto

Sports et Divertissements | Erik Satie, Arr. Chris Jusell

[6] III. La Chasse

[7] V. La Réveil de la Mariée

Simple Symphony | Benjamin Britten

[8] I. Boisterous Bourrée

Serenade for Strings | Antonín Dvořák

[9] IV. Larghetto

John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Arr. Alexander Vittal

[10] Come Together

Six Épigraphes Antiques | Claude Debussy, Arr. Alexander Vittal

[11] V. Pour l'Egyptienne

Freddie Mercury, Arr. Chris Jusell

[12] Don't Stop Me Now

Chuck Berry, Arr. Chris Jusell

[13] Roll Over Beethoven

Simple Symphony | Benjamin Britten

[14] IV. Frolicsome Finale

Trey Anastasio/Tom Marshall, Arr. David Waldman

[15] Julius

Total Time: 45:38

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Divergence

Sphere Ensemble's debut album, Divergence represents our first four years of musical exploration, from the first note on our first concert to the moment on January 6th, 2015 when we began the recording process. It includes pieces written for specifically for string ensemble, and tunes we've arranged to present music we love on our own terms. The music takes the listener on a journey through our many musical influences, from our classical roots outward.

Critical Acclaim for Divergence:

Sphere Ensemble's Debut Album Divergence Voted Among "CPR Classical's Favorite Releases Of 2015" 

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"It's a rare instance a classical ensemble can pull off a believable rendition of classic pop and rock songs like 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen or 'Come Sail Away' by Styx... Sphere Ensemble hit the bullseye in an eclectic blend with choice classical works."

-Monika Vischer, Program Director, Colorado Public Radio Classical

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