Monday, March 05, 2007

They're back baby!

Cleveland rocks, and you'll be able to hear them soon!
From a press release from Rebecca Davis:
Hamburg, March 2007.
One of the world’s elite orchestras is recording again – and Deutsche Grammophon is its proud partner.

Deutsche Grammophon takes pleasure in announcing this association with The Cleveland Orchestra, long regarded as one of today's pre-eminent ensembles, with the release of The Cleveland Orchestra's recent performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, recorded under the baton of Cleveland music director Franz Welser-Möst, at their January 2007 concerts in Severance Hall, the orchestra’s magnificent home.

Of their interpretation of the Ninth, the Miami Herald wrote: “One would expect Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra to put on an impressive display in the music of Beethoven. But the soaring, eloquent performance heard Friday night was remarkable even by the Clevelanders' elevated reputation.”

In the symphony’s finale, The Cleveland Orchestra is joined by the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and four outstanding vocalists, all with connections to Deutsche Grammophon.

Making her Deutsche Grammophon debut is the exciting young Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, whose new exclusive contract was recently announced. She sings alongside the celebrated German bass, René Pape, another Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist.

Two American singers complete the impressive line-up: mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor has been garnering widespread critical acclaim for her starring role in Deutsche Grammophon's 2007 Grammy®-winning recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar, while Frank Lopardo, one of today’s most distinguished lyric tenors, has already been featured on numerous important Deutsche Grammophon recordings.

In his first Deutsche Grammophon recording project is Franz Welser-Möst, now in his fifth season as The Cleveland Orchestra’s music director and his second season as the Generalmusikdirektor of the Zurich Opera. This Austrian-born maestro is in constant demand by the world’s leading concert and opera organizations. Beginning next season at the Vienna State Opera – where in November 2005 he participated in the gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the house’s post-war reopening – Welser-Möst is conducting the new production of Wagner’s Ring. His extensive discography includes a number of award-winning recordings.

Michael Lang, President of Deutsche Grammophon, says: “Ever since our first collaboration with Cleveland’s great orchestra back in 1975, the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue has been immeasurably enriched with their benchmark performances of music by wide-ranging composers from Beethoven to Berlioz.”

Matthew Cosgrove, Deutsche Grammophon’s Vice-President of Artists & Repertoire, remarked: “To forge a closer connection with a great orchestra is a significant artistic undertaking for a classical record company, and few orchestras in the world enjoy the prowess and prestige of Cleveland’s. This is an auspicious occasion for Deutsche Grammophon.”

The Cleveland Orchestra’s Executive Director, Gary Hanson, stated: “To re-enter the recording arena with such a partner as Deutsche Grammophon is important to the Orchestra, and we are pleased to renew our association with this renowned label. We look forward to the Deutsche Grammophon release of the Cleveland Orchestra recording of Beethoven’s Ninth, marking their first with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.”

Maestro Welser-Möst adds: “To this day, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony remains powerfully relevant, as it is a high point in humankind’s coming to terms with being human. I feel a special affinity for this symphony and am very pleased that our new recording of it will be appearing on Deutsche Grammophon, which has such a long and distinguished Beethoven tradition.”

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Franz Welser-Möst will be released by Deutsche Grammophon in summer 2007.

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