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Performer: Franz Welser-Möst

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MunichFranz Welser-Möst and Igor Levit

Franz Welser-Möst © Astrid Ackermann
Beethoven, Mozart
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst; Igor Levit
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Emanuel Ax and The Cleveland Orchestra celebrate Haydn and Bartók

Franz Welser-Möst and Emanuel Ax © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Music of Haydn and Bartók made for a brief but contrasting Cleveland Orchestra program, the former bringing back regular guest Emanuel Ax.
***11
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Cleveland Orchestra continues to hit high marks in streaming series

Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Yefim Bronfman returned to Severance Hall for Schnittke’s intriguing Concerto for Piano and Strings, followed by a Beethoven quartet recast for string orchestra.
****1
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The Cleveland Orchestra emerges triumphant after a six-month pause

Franz Welser-Möst conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
The familiar qualities of blend and precision were in evidence in familiar works by Respighi and Tchaikovsky, as well as George Walker's thorny but arresting Antifonys
****1
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There will be blood: Elektra in Salzburg

Aušrinė Stundytė (Elektra) © Bernd Uhlig | Salzburger Festspiele
An Elektra conducted like Mendelssohnian fairy music, sung not shouted, just as Strauss required.
****1
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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus shines in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst returned to his home orchestra in a program of works by Křenek and Mendelssohn, as starkly contrasting as they are infrequently heard.
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Welser-Möst leads the New York Philharmonic in Widmann and Strauss

Franz Welser-Möst conducts the New York Philharmonic © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
In his first New York Philharmonic engagement since 2000, Franz Welser-Möst pairs Jörg Widmann's Babylon Suite with Strauss' Sinfonia domestica
****1
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