Hello from our final 2017 Europe Tour city, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg!  

During our final days in Vienna we captured and created a video of rehearsal for our October 21 and 22 concerts and our performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. Watch it here.

At the beginning of our final and third week of the 2017 Europe Tour we traveled from Vienna to Hamburg for our first performances at the Elbphilharmonie. Below is a selection of photos from rehearsal and backstage.

The reception in Vienna and Hamburg was great! A selection of notable quotes from reviews is included below.


Die Presse – ‘Great jubilation for a unique operatic enterprise.’

Der Standard – ‘The orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst impresses with its customary clarity and balance, their trademark.’

Kurier – ‘… the music is the primary focus – especially thanks to Franz Welser-Möst and the excellent Cleveland Orchestra taking any listener’s breath away. A viewer who briefly closes his eyes will still hear everything (and so much more) of what is happening visually, without missing a beat. Fully rounded sound and nuance – an event! Flawless are the performances by Martina Janková as a touching Little Vixen, by Jennifer Johnson Cano as the fox and Alan Held as the Forester, or by Raymond Aceto as Harasta. The cheers at the end are for every aspect of the performance.’

Kurier – ‘A dynamic, energetic start was followed by a powerful scherzo. The splendid sound of the strings turned the slow third movement into a veritable elegy. Breathtaking mental disturbance dominated the fourth movement - the movement that features the strike of the wooden hammer. The standing ovations were highly deserved.’

Kronen Zeitung – ‘Welser-Möst stages these details of the colossal scenario in forward-pressing tempi (some fellow conductors stretched the piece to last 85 minutes). In that, he can safely rely on the instrumental sections and soloists of his “Clevelanders” savoring Mahler’s expression and color scales flawlessly. Powerful crescendos are performed with the same perfection as the softly melting hues of the strings in the andante or the heaven-assailing finale. Great applause.’


NDR Kultur – a "brilliant performance“. About Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” "impressive; precisely led by Franz Welser-Möst through the angular rhythms and contrasts into a thrilling final at the end“. Read the full article here.  

Franz Welser-Möst conducted "with clear gestures“, "high accuracy and discipline“, making use of the transparent acoustic of the hall.

Hamburger Abendblatt – “…homogenous and elegant…“ … "an etude in discipline, completed with high self-confidence."

Die Welt Hamburg – "Under his [Welser-Möst’s] clearly flowing conducting movements, the Cleveland Orchestra flourishes completely. It indulges in Wagner-delights, lets the lines merge, the colors glow." 

The middle movement of Beethoven’s quartet is praised: "The Americans wonderfully balance the dynamic“; the playing of the violins in this part is described as "sparkling clean“.

Here are a few photos of the bows at the Elbphilharmonie © Claudia Hoehne:

While in Hamburg we captured great performance footage of the Beethoven String Quartet No. 15, Stravinsky’s 'The Rite of Spring,' and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 which shows off the stunning architecture of the Elbphilharmonie Grand Concert Hall. Check it out!

In Hamburg, we interviewed Franz Welser-Möst and musicians for their insight into their first experience at the Elbphilharmonie so we could find out it is like to adjust to a brand new, unfamiliar acoustic and bring our Severance Hall sound to another space. Watch what they had to say.

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