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The Cleveland Orchestra part of Classical Live launch on Google Play Music featuring new recordings by world’s leading orchestras

  • Includes first digital-only, exclusive releases and new recordings from:
  • The Cleveland Orchestra & Music Director Franz Welser-Möst
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra & new Music Director Andris Nelsons
  • London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner
  • New York Philharmonic & Music Director Alan Gilbert
  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam & Music Director Mariss Jansons

Release Date:  June 15, 2015

NEW YORK — The Cleveland Orchestra is among five of today’s leading orchestras who have joined forces in an unprecedented new collaboration to launch the inaugural phase of Classical Live, the first and only initiative offering current recordings exclusively on Google Play Music. Through Classical Live, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam continue to build on their legendary recording histories by sharing their newest performances directly with music lovers worldwide. Through the access and global reach of Google Play Music, Classical Live aims to broaden and grow the audience for classical recordings by expanding the base of fans who will discover these new recordings through both digital downloads and streaming subscription in all 58 countries where the service is available, at

The Cleveland Orchestra releases are two live recordings with music director Franz Welser-Möst: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” which was recorded at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, recorded at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

The Plain Dealer praised the Orchestra’s Beethoven Symphony No. 3 performance, stating, “ … the ensemble under Welser-Möst sustained crystal clarity while enforcing bold contrast between Beethoven at his sweetest and the composer raining fire and brimstone. No less striking were the slow movements. There, the orchestra simply revealed other traits, including its ability to play angelically soft and to make even fairly brisk, propulsive performances feel luxuriously spacious.”

The performance of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture was described by The Plain Dealer as “… spacious, wildly enthusiastic ….”

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 new albums with longtime guest artists Pierre Boulez and Mitsuko Uchida.

Gary Hanson, Executive Director, The Cleveland Orchestra, said:

“We’re excited about the launch of Google Play Music’s “Classical Live” and proud to be among this inaugural group of international orchestras.‎ This new platform promises a prominent place for the latest orchestral performances world-wide. For Cleveland, “Classical Live” will meaningfully complement our ongoing program of radio broadcasts and televised concerts, and our regular CD and DVD releases.”

Ted Kartzman, Global Head, Independent Music Companies, Google Play, comments:

“We’re honored to bring new and updated recordings from the world-renowned members of Classical Live to Google Play Music. This program allows us to offer their music to their subscribers and existing fans, as well as offering new listeners access to the latest and most exciting performances happening today.”

Jessica Lustig, Founding Partner and Managing Director, 21C Media Group and Co-Director of Classical Live, adds:

“We continue to search for innovative ways to bring new listeners to the beauty, excitement, and richness found in our current classical music community. With Classical Live, we aim to reach a worldwide audience with a sense of adventure and a taste for what is new, and through Google Play Music, provide these fans with the highest-quality and most inspiring performances available.”

The 22 complete works and 3 free bonus tracks in the first Classical Live release include digital-only debut performances from The Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and newly available recordings from the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Three special bonus tracks from the orchestras are also available free for a limited time.

This release represents the first phase of Classical Live. As more of the world’s leading symphony orchestras are invited to join this selective program, more recordings will be added, creating a regular schedule of exclusive international releases for digital download and streaming on Google Play Music.


Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”/Franz Welser-Möst
(recorded at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County)
Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture/Franz Welser-Möst
(recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland)


Boston Symphony Orchestra
Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin/Andris Nelsons
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”/Andris Nelsons
FREE: Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn/Andris Nelsons (excerpt: Theme & Variation I)

London Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Mendelssohn: Overture: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage/Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Mendelssohn: Overture: Ruy Blas/Sir John Eliot Gardiner

New York Philharmonic
Verdi: Requiem/Alan Gilbert
Highlights from the inaugural NY PHIL 2014 BIENNIAL
FREE: Verdi: Requiem/Alan Gilbert (excerpt: “Dies Irae”)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9/Mariss Jansons
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5/Mariss Jansons
FREE: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition/Mariss Jansons (excerpt: “The Great Gate of Kiev”)

About The Cleveland Orchestra

As it nears the centennial of its founding in 2018, 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 21st 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. 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 an annual four-week residency 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.

About Google Play Music

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Media Contacts:


The Cleveland Orchestra
Justin Holden
Office: 216-231-7476 / Cell: 617-257-8761

Classical Live
Glenn Petry
Office: (212) 625-2038