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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Cleveland Orchestra & WVIZ/PBS announce distribution of Bruckner Symphony No. 7 broadcast

The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance: Bruckner Symphony No. 7, a 90-minute high definition program produced by WVIZ/PBS ideastream with international production partners CLASART and NHK, will air nationally on public television stations beginning in July 2010.  Locally, the special will air on WVIZ/PBS on Saturday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m. and repeat Sunday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra’s recording of the Symphony No. 7 was acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine, which stated, “This is a wonderful performance of Bruckner’s most popular symphony.” (January 27, 2010) The publication went on to recognize the video production as their “DVD Music Choice” for February 2010 saying, “This would be as good a way as any to introduce yourself to Bruckner’s universe, and if you are already a denizen of it you will still find rich rewards here.” The DVD release was also praised by American Record Guide: “This splendid recording not only shows the orchestra in all its splendor, but also Welser-Möst in top form… the orchestra’s playing is clean, clear-indeed perfection… its tone is shining, luminous, silvery.”

Also included in the television program is a performance of a new work by British composer George Benjamin.  Duet for piano and orchestra is for small orchestra and features soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.  It is the fourth in a series of commissions sponsored by the Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche involving a partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival, and Carnegie Hall. 

The program is produced and directed by William Cosel, known for his work on many classical music and performance programs including Andrea Bocelli: Sacred Arias from the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome; In Performance at the White House; and The Three Tenors recorded at Giants Stadium

The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance: Bruckner Symphony No. 7 represents an ongoing collaboration between The Cleveland Orchestra and WVIZ/PBS ideastream.  It is one of a series of Bruckner recordings by Franz Welser-Möst and the Orchestra, and was preceded by the national distribution in 2008 of The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance: Bruckner Symphony No. 5, which was recorded in Linz, Austria, and produced for broadcast on public television stations by WVIZ/PBS.  The Cleveland Orchestra Bruckner DVD recordings (Symphonies 5, 7 and 9) have been made possible with the generous support of Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich and Clasart.  WVIZ/PBS also collaborated with the Orchestra for an upcoming Deutsche Grammophon release of an all-Mahler program with conductor Pierre Boulez, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožcená, and baritone Christian Gerhaher.


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The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra, which in addition to performing in Cleveland, Ohio, currently maintains residencies in Miami, Florida; Vienna, Austria; and Lucerne, Switzerland, will debut a new residency at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival in 2011, including performances of Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 5, 7, 8, and 9.  The Orchestra has received eight Grammy Awards and 31 Grammy nominations.  In addition to recordings released on commercial labels, The Cleveland Orchestra has itself produced five sets of archival recordings: the 75th Anniversary Compact Disc Edition, the George Szell Centennial Compact Disc Edition, the Christoph von Dohnányi Compact Disc Edition, George Szell – Live in Tokyo 1970 (Szell’s last recorded concert), and the Robert Shaw Legacy Compact Disc Edition. 

Franz Welser-Möst

Franz Welser-Möst is in his eighth year as Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra.  His long-term commitment extends to the Orchestra’s centennial in 2018.  Concurrently with his post in Cleveland, Mr. Welser-Möst becomes General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera in September 2010. Throughout his career, Franz Welser-Möst has made numerous critically acclaimed recordings. His recording of Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4 won a Gramophone Award for Best Orchestral Recording. More recent releases include HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, Schmidt’s The Book of the Seven Seals, and the world-premiere recording of Johann Strauss Jr.’s Simplicius with the Zurich Opera Orchestra, which won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis.  In addition to audio recordings, Mr. Welser-Möst has an extensive number of DVD releases with the Zurich Opera.  His DVD recording of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with the Zurich Opera won a 2005 Diapason d’Or award. 

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard is acclaimed as a key figure in both the music of our time and the standard piano repertoire.  He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in February 1996 and was The Cleveland Orchestra’s artist-in-residence during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. He performs with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and has an extensive discography. He is an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Aimard’s Bach’s Art of the Fugue won the Diapason d’Or award and the prize for the Choc du Monde de la Musique.  He has also received two ECHO Classic Awards. His recent releases include solo works by Carter, Messiaen, and Ravel, and the Mozart piano concertos, which he conducted from the keyboard.