Following the launch of partnership with LSO Live in early 2020, The Cleveland Orchestra releases second album on its new in-house label.
● The Cleveland Orchestra's second album on its new in-house label is released October 2 via all major digital music services, and as a deluxe CD (Hybrid SACD) with extensive liner notes detailing the story behind these recordings.
● Schubert’s last symphony paired with a modern work by Ernst Křenek, both recorded with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst in March 2020 just as the coronavirus was shuttering performances around the world.
● The Cleveland Orchestra becomes LSO Live's fifth partner, joining the labels of Valery Gergiev's Mariinsky; King's College, Cambridge; percussionist Colin Currie and the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC.
The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details of its next new recording, to be released worldwide on Friday, October 2. The new album, available on CD (Hybrid SACD) streaming and download, is the Orchestra’s second release on its own label, following their inaugural album titled A New Century, released in June 2020. Recordings on The Cleveland Orchestra's new in-house label are released in partnership with LSO Live, the Grammy Award-winning label of the London Symphony Orchestra. The Cleveland Orchestra become LSO Live's fifth partner, joining the labels of Valery Gergiev's Mariinsky; King's College, Cambridge; Colin Currie Records and the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington DC.
The new recording features Schubert’s greatest symphonic masterpiece, his “Great” C-major Symphony (D.944) paired with a uniquely modern work by 20th-century composer Ernst Křenek, Static and Ecstatic. Both pieces were recorded live at Severance Hall with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst in March 2020, and mark The Cleveland Orchestra’s final performances prior to performing arts groups being shuttered around the world due to the coronavirus.
The new album is both unexpected and timely, with the repertoire from March 2020 representing a shift of plans from what The Cleveland Orchestra had originally intended to offer as a second release. Those plans had to change due the many concert performances cancelled by the coronavirus crisis during spring 2020. The Orchestra records almost all its performances, however, which allowed for flexibility and expansion of options. (Plans for future albums will take into account the Orchestra’s shifting schedule for 2020-21, but with at least one new release scheduled per year.)
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About The Cleveland Orchestra
Founded by Adella Prentiss Hughes, The Cleveland Orchestra’s inaugural concert took place on December 11, 1918, with the 2017-18 centennial season marking the Orchestra’s 100th year of concerts. Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of extraordinary artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement. The New York Times has declared it “the best in America” for its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion, “virtually flawless,” and “one of the finest ensembles in the country (if not the world).” The 2019-20 season marked the Orchestra’s 102nd year of concerts, remarkable music making, and dedicated service to its hometown.
Strong community support from across the ensemble’s home region is driving the Orchestra forward with renewed energy and focus, increasing the number of young people attending concerts and bringing fresh attention to the Orchestra’s legendary sound and committed programming — including annual opera presentations with innovative staging and pairings. Recent productions have included Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande (May 2017), a double bill of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin and Bluebeard’s Castle (April 2016) presented in collaboration with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, and an innovative presentation of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (May 2014, with encore performances in Cleveland and Europe during the autumn of 2017). The 2017-18 season also featured in-concert performances of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde (April 2018).
The partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, begun in 2002 and entering its 19th year with the 2020-21 season, has earned The Cleveland Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the U.S. and around the world, including one at the Musikverein in Vienna, the first of its kind by an American orchestra. It also performs regularly at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals. The Orchestra’s 100th season in 2017-18 featured two international tours, concluding with the presentation on three continents of Welser-Möst’s Prometheus Project featuring Beethoven Symphonies and overtures; these Beethoven concerts were presented in May and June 2018, at home in Cleveland, in Vienna’s Musikverein, and in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and distinguished recording and broadcast history. A series of DVD (available through Clasart Classics) and CD recordings under the direction of Mr. Welser-Möstcontinues to add to an extensive and widely praised catalog of audio recordings made during the tenures of the ensemble’s earlier music directors. In addition, Cleveland Orchestra concerts are heard in syndication each season on radio stations throughout North America and Europe.
Seven music directors — Nikolai Sokoloff, Artur Rodziński, Erich Leinsdorf, George Szell, LorinMaazel, Christoph von Dohnányi and Franz Welser-Möst — have guided and shaped the ensemble’s growth and sound since its founding in 1918. Through concerts at home and on tour, via radio broadcasts and a catalog of acclaimed recordings, The Cleveland Orchestra is heard today by a broad and growing group of fans around the world. For more information, visit clevelandorchestra.com and https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/about/mission-and-history.
About Franz Welser-Möst
Franz Welser-Möst is among today’s most distinguished conductors. The 2020-21 season marks his 19th year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra, with the future of this acclaimed partnership extending into 2027. The New York Times has declared Cleveland under Welser-Möst’sdirection to be the “best American orchestra“ for its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like musical cohesion.
During The Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial season — dedicated to the community that created it — Franz Welser-Möst led two ambitious festivals, The Ecstasy of Tristan and Isolde, examining the power of music to portray and create transcendence, followed by a concentrated look at the philosophical and political messages within Beethoven’s music in The Prometheus Project (presented on three continents, in Cleveland, Vienna, and Tokyo).
Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra are frequent guests at many prestigious concert halls and festivals around the world, including regular appearances in Vienna, New York, and Miami, and at the festivals of Salzburg and Lucerne. During Welser-Möst’s tenure, The Cleveland Orchestra has been hugely successful in building up a new and, notably, younger audience at home in Cleveland through innovative programs involving families, students, universities, and cross-community partnerships. A series of established and newly created education offerings continue to energize and engage students throughout the region. To read more about Franz Welser-Möst visit this link: https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/about/musicians-and-conductors/franz-welser-most
About LSO Live
LSO Live is the in-house record label of the London Symphony Orchestra, and uses the latest technology to capture the Orchestra’s most exciting performances. Launched in 1999 with the aim of reaching new audiences for classical music as well as dedicated listeners, it was the first of the new breed of artist-owned labels which have helped revitalize the market for classical music.
LSO Live recordings are owned by the Orchestra itself. The players, conductors and soloists are stakeholders in the recordings on which they appear and LSO Live works with some of the world’s leading producers and sound engineers. The musicians not only choose what should be recorded, but are also involved throughout the production process, ensuring only recordings they are happy with get released.
The label has released over 150 recordings by many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Gianandrea Noseda, François-Xavier Roth and Sir Antonio Pappano. Since collecting its first Grammys in 2001 it has won numerous other international prizes, including awards from Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, the Classical BRITs, Académie du Disque Lyrique and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.