Greetings from Severance Hall,
On Sunday, October 29 we returned home to Cleveland from our travels abroad and we have a final tour update and video to share from the last stop, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
Here is a video of the Orchestra telling us about their time in Luxembourg and why touring is important to us and the Cleveland community. The musicians also share favorite moments of the 2017 Europe Tour. Watch it here!
The Luxembourg concerts garnered great reviews! Here is a selection as well as additional highlights from Hamburg and Vienna.
Luxemburger Wort – the performance of 'The Cunning Little Vixen' are described as a "listening experience beyond the familiar“ … "captivating clarity“ of sound created by Franz Welser-Möst, who constantly ensured "a dramatic approach to the opera". "...enormous richness of sound colors and brightness” from the orchestra.
“…this music, an endlessly refined tonal language that the Cleveland Orchestra […] smoothly embedded into the framework of the vocals, under the soft gesture of Franz Welser-Möst.”
"a masterly use of the musical rhetoric“
pizzicato.lu – The performance of The Cleveland Orchestra is "phenomenal“, displaying "extraordinary qualities of musical play and sound.”
"…the sound possessed a homogeneity which simply made you hold [your] breath. Franz Welser-Möst conducted Beethoven’s op. 132 without sentimentality, with clear lines and with the highest possible transparency.“
The reviewer states that he has seldom heard this piece "in such a pretty and transparent way, so chamber musical and round.“
"All in all, this concert performance of Janáček’s ‚’The Cunning Little Vixen‘ was in every aspect a musically unique experience.“
Hamburger Abendblatt – “How brilliantly and with loving focus on each detail, the U.S. orchestra proved itself in excellent form on all the solo positions for wind instruments.“
“Where to begin with the elation, where to address the praise, where to end with the amazement? Magnificent, for the urgency by which Welser-Möst kept the manically agitated pulse alive that drove the first movement forward.”
Kreiszeitung (Syke) – “The reason why this works is because of the excellent quality of the strings of the Cleveland Orchestra, capable of subtly structuring the total sound. Lean, at times seemingly fragile, the ensemble’s sound is remarkably sensitive. The phrasing is always precise, the lines are clear. The result is intimacy and clarity reflective of chamber music and a perpetually most sublime expression.”
“The conductor walks the tightrope between well-groomed lyricism and the attitude of a virtuoso.”
“The way in which Welser-Möst sets this difficult score to sound, like his analytical emphasis of the hidden counterpoint structures, is simply breathtaking and convincing without reservation.”
News.at – “Lucky for us, Franz Welser-Möst and his Cleveland Orchestra are welcome guests with residential rights in the Viennese concert halls…Janáček's semi-staged chamber play, "The Cunning Little Vixen" turned into demonstrated richness of color and soulful precision…the orchestra was not missing a single beat in rendering the plasticity, drama or psychological sophistication.”
Here are a few photos of rehearsal at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the concert performance of “The Cunning Little Vixen” and a backstage photo of the cast of singers © Alfonso Salgueiro:
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