Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Contemporary Oratorio Composers Told To Wait In Line As Deutsche Grammophon Prepares Cleveland Orchestra Recording Of Beethoven's Ode To Joy Symphony

"In what seems to be a continuing bid to become the label of choice for the onslaught of US orchestras presently looking for new recording outlets, Deutsche Grammophon announced today that they are now working with yet another major American symphony: this time, it's the Cleveland Orchestra.

The choice of repertoire hews to the tried-and-true: the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. The soloists are fast-rising Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, whose own signing to DG as a soloist was recently announced; mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, who earned kudos in her performance in Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar (which, in a DG recording, won two Grammys last month); tenor Frank Lopardo; and celebrated bass Rene Pape, another DG artist....

The recording will be released in both CD and digital-download format in either July or August [2007]. While the parameters of this deal does not make the Cleveland Orchestra exclusive to DG, a spokeswoman for the label said today: “Though plans for future recordings are not finalized, both Cleveland and Deutsche Grammophon hope to work together in the near future.”

The Universal Classics Group, which encompasses DG, has been rapidly signing a plethora of American orchestras looking to revive their recording output. Within the past year, Universal Classics has released digital and/or physical albums from the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic ..." ....

Anastasia Tsioulcas "Cleveland Orchestra partners with DG" Gramophone March 7, 2007


Severance Hall, proud home of the Cleveland Orchestra and much fine American classical music, as well as fine European classical music.

2007-08 subscription season announced

The Cleveland Orchestra has just announced its 2007-08 Severance Hall subscription season. Highlights include Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducting symphonies by Brahms, Bruckner, and Tchaikovsky, as well as three United States premieres and the Orchestra's first performances of Dvořák's opera Rusalka.

Orchestra to present U.S. and Cleveland premieres of Thomas Adès’s Suite from Powder Her Face, Peter Eötvös’s CAP-KO, Matthias Pintscher’s Five Orchestral Pieces, and Johannes Maria Staud’s Apeiron.

And the new American classical music?

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Blogger Maestro said...

With all of the premieres that Cleveland has done, don't you think they will include some new works as well?
DG has put out the new concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, including AMERICAN composer Steven Stucky. Why not applaud the new music out there as well?

3:43 PM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks for both of your posts, Maestro, and my apologies for the delays getting them up.

Let me revisit this Cleveland Orchestra and new music issue shortly. I recently saw the list of the last five composers in residence under Welser-Most, and I would like to reflect upon this. Feel free to plug new music here, if you think I take too long to get back to Cleveland and new music.

Thanks again for reading and responding.

6:12 AM  

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