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Performer: Franz Welser-Möst

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ClevelandRomeo and Juliet

Schubert, Prokofiev
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst

ClevelandMahler's Fifth

Neuwirth, Mahler
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst

New York CityCarnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala

Nicolai, Beethoven, Strauss R.
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Anne-Sophie Mutter; Lynn Harrell; Yefim Bronfman

New York CityThe Cleveland Orchestra

Widmann, Mahler
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Yefim Bronfman

ClevelandBronfman Plays Mozart

Dvořák, Mozart, Janáček
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Yefim Bronfman
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Summers@Severance opens with lush Mahler and Beethoven

Franz Welser-Möst © Michael Pöhn
Welser-Möst led The Cleveland Orchestra in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen along with his own transcription for string orchestra of Beethoven’s Op.132 quartet.
***11
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Sir Simon Keenlyside masterful in songs by Sibelius in Cleveland

Sir Simon Keenlyside, Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni | courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

Sibelius’s rarely performed orchestral songs received memorable performances by Keenlyside and The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Welser-Möst. Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Strauss’s early Aus Italien filled out the program.

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Exploring late Bartók and Schubert in Cleveland

Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst thoughtfully paired Schubert’s final mass with Bartók’s final piano concerto, the latter featuring Mitsuko Uchida in her 100th Cleveland Orchestra appearance.
****1
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Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Frederic Wake-Walker sticks to a vapid pop-parody that demeans the intellectual message of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
***11
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Welser-Möst leads Cleveland Orchestra in a mighty Heldenleben

Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
In the last program at home before an international tour, Franz Welser-Möst led The Cleveland Orchestra in an imposing performance of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, prefaced by works of Schubert and Webern.
****1
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