The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst Release Five-DVD Set of Anton Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9
Live Recordings from performances at Severance Hall, Austria’s Musikverein, and Stiftsbasilika St. Florian
“Welser-Möst treats Bruckner's symphonies with religious intensity.”
— bachtrack.com (January 2017)
Release: April 13, 2017
The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst have announced details of their latest DVD release, a 5-DVD Box Set of previously issued recordings: Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 recorded live at Severance Hall and Austria’s Musikverein and Abbey of Saint Florian from 2006 to 2012. A preview of the DVD Set is available on The Cleveland Orchestra’s YouTube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/0eY-jOLuy54.
The DVD Set is currently available in the Cleveland Orchestra Store, located at Severance Hall, and on Amazon.com. This DVD Set project is the latest in a series of live recordings by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and the Orchestra in partnership with Clasart, which also includes a three-DVD set of the major orchestral works of Brahms (http://amzn.to/2hdvR02), the Brahms Requiem (http://amzn.to/2oCLweg), and individual DVDs of orchestral works of Anton Bruckner (http://amzn.to/2jcvHaF).
Featuring Bruckner specialist Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra, the DVD Set is comprised of concert edition recordings of five symphonies by Anton Bruckner. The concerts took place at The Cleveland Orchestra’s home, Severance Hall, which is hailed today as one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls; at the magnificent Golden Hall at Vienna’s Musikverein; and at the Abbey of St. Florian in Linz, Austria, where the composer is buried. The intense and calm conducting of Welser-Möst as well as the inimitable range of dynamic colors and chamber-music-like ensemble of The Cleveland Orchestra have set new standards in Bruckner interpretation.
Bonus content includes an interview with Welser-Möst about the Symphony No. 5 on DVD 2, an introduction by Welser-Möst about the Symphony No. 7 on DVD 3, and a pre-performance discussion by arts and culture radio personality Dee Perry, Welser-Möst, and DVD director William Cosel about the Symphony No. 8.
BRUCKNER SYMPHONIES NOS. 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9
5-DVD-EDITION BOX SET
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Live from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, September 2012
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major WAB 104
(Arranged by Benjamin Korstvedt, Version 1888)
Video Director: Brian Large
Live from the Stiftsbasilika St. Florian, September 2006
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major
Bonus: Franz Welser-Möst in conversation
Video Director: Brian Large
Live from Cleveland’s Severance Hall, September 2008
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 in E major
Bonus: Introduction by Franz Welser-Möst
Video Director: William Cosel
Live from Cleveland’s Severance Hall, August 2010
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 in C minor
(1887 version, edited by Leopold Nowak)
Bonus: Pre-concert talk with Dee Perry, Franz Welser-Möst and William Cosel
Video Director: William Cosel
Live from the Wiener Musikverein, October 2007
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Video Director: Felix Breisach
Available Now at the Cleveland Orchestra Store for $75.00 (bit.ly/2hUrrK6) and Amazon.com for $69.99 (amzn.to/2nL5kI7)
Recorded Live at Severance Hall (Cleveland, Ohio), the Musikverein (Vienna, Austria), and Stiftsbasilika St. Florian (Linz, Austria)
Executive Producer: Herbert G. Kloiber
Running Time: 374 mins + 62 mins (Bonus)
Language Bonus: EN (Symphony No. 8), + DE (Symphony No. 7), + FR, ES (Symphony No. 5) Sound Format: PCM Stereo / + DD 5.0 (Symphony No. 4) / + DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 (Symphonies Nos. 5, 7, 8 & 9)
Catalogue No: 109313
Picture Format: 16:9
Region Code / FSK: 0
Video Format: 5 x DVD 9 / NTSC
Release Date: March 24, 2017 Europe
A production of Clasart Film- und Fernsehproduktions GmbH in cooperation with ATV (DVD 1), NHK and ORF (DVD 3), WVIZ/PBS IDEASTREAM (DVD 4) and Felix Breisach Medienwerkstatt GmbH (DVD 2 & 5) © 2016 Clasart / Musical Arts Association operating The Cleveland Orchestra. All rights reserved.
With the kind support of Raiffeisen Landesbank Oberösterreich.
Arthaus Musik Distributor Details:
Clasart Website: clasart-classic.de
The Cleveland Orchestra’s Recording Legacy
The Cleveland Orchestra held its first recording session in 1924 and is one of the most acclaimed and recorded orchestras in the world. The Orchestra’s performances have been heard by millions through radio and television broadcasts, on LPs, CDs, DVDs, and via internet downloads. Franz Welser-Möst has added to an extensive and widely praised catalog of audio recordings made during the tenures of the ensemble’s former music directors. He has created DVD recordings of live performances of five of Bruckner’s symphonies, presented in three acoustically distinctive venues (the Abbey of St. Florian in Austria, Vienna’s Musikverein, and Severance Hall). With Cleveland, he has also released a recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as an all-Wagner album featuring soprano Measha Brueggergosman. In addition, in recent seasons the Orchestra has recorded important albums with longtime guest artists Pierre Boulez and Mitsuko Uchida.
About The Cleveland Orchestra
As it approaches its 100th Season in 2017-18 and the launch of its Second Century, The Cleveland Orchestra is undergoing a renaissance. Acknowledged as among the world’s best, its musicians, staff, board of directors, volunteers, and hometown are working together on a set of enhanced goals for the Orchestra’s Second Century – to develop the youngest audiences of any orchestra; to renew its focus on fully serving the communities where it performs through concerts, engagement, and music education; to continue its legendary musical excellence; to build on its tradition of community support and financial strength; and to move forward into the Orchestra’s next century with a commitment to diversified programming. Under the direction of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the New York Times has declared Cleveland to be the “best American orchestra” for its virtuosity, elegance of sound, variety of color, and chamber-like cohesion. The Cleveland Orchestra divides its time each year across concert seasons at home in Cleveland’s Severance Hall and each summer at Blossom Music Center. Additional portions of the year are devoted to touring and to a series of innovative and intensive performance residencies. These include performances in Miami, a biennial residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, and appearances at Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, and Indiana University. For more information, visit clevelandorchestra.com.
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