Recorded at Severance Hall in Cleveland in September 2008
CLEVELAND, October 27, 2009 – The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst’s live recording of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 will be available on DVD from Tuesday, October 27 in the United States .
Recorded by WVIZ/PBS ideastream® at the Orchestra’s home, Severance Hall in Cleveland, during subscription concerts on September 25 and 26, 2008, the recording is the Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst’s third Bruckner DVD. Clasart produced the recording, which will be distributed by Arthaus. The Cleveland Orchestra and Clasart have had a long-term partnership resulting in all three Bruckner DVDs. The Cleveland Orchestra acknowledges both Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich and Clasart for their generous support of the DVD release.
The new DVD represents an ongoing collaboration with WVIZ/PBS ideastream. On June 11, 2008, PBS broadcast “The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance: Bruckner Symphony No. 5,” recorded in the Abbey of St. Florian in Linz, Austria, by Clasart and produced for U.S. broadcast by WVIZ/PBS. For 15 years, WVIZ/PBS has been the video production partner for The Cleveland Orchestra’s annual “Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert and Festival” at Public Square in downtown Cleveland .
Born in Linz, Austria, Franz Welser-Möst often performs and records the music of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner – who famously served as organist at the Abbey of St. Florian, just outside Linz. Mr. Welser-Möst has led The Cleveland Orchestra in video recordings of live performances of Bruckner symphonies made in other historic concert venues: Symphony No. 5 in the Abbey of St. Florian, and Symphony No. 9 in Vienna’s Musikverein. During the 2009-10 season, The Cleveland Orchestra will perform Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 under the direction of Mr. Welser-Möst and in 2011, will begin a new multi-year residency in New York at the Lincoln Center Festival leading four concerts juxtaposing Anton Bruckner symphonies nos. 5, 7, 8 and 9 with works by John Adams July 13-17 (full program details to be confirmed). As part of the 2011 residency, Mr. Welser-Möst will also return to The Juilliard School to rehearse a Bruckner symphony with the Juilliard Orchestra for the second time.
The release of the new Bruckner DVD continues The Cleveland Orchestra’s expanded electronic media presence under Franz Welser-Möst’s music directorship. In September, the Orchestra released a Decca recording featuring Mitsuko Uchida and the Orchestra performing Mozart’s piano concertos nos. 23 and 24. This season, the Orchestra records an all-Wagner recording for Deutsche Grammophon as part of a multi-disc recording project.
The Cleveland Orchestra has received eight Grammy Awards and 31 Grammy nominations. In addition to recordings released on commercial labels, The Cleveland Orchestra has itself produced five sets of archival recordings: the 75th Anniversary Compact Disc Edition, the George Szell Centennial Compact Disc Edition, the Christoph von Dohnányi Compact Disc Edition, George Szell – Live in Tokyo 1970 (Szell’s last recorded concert), and the Robert Shaw Legacy Compact Disc Edition.
Throughout his career, Franz Welser-Möst has made numerous critically acclaimed recordings. His recording of Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4 won a Gramophone Award for Best Orchestral Recording. More recent releases include HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, Schmidt’s The Book of the Seven Seals, and the world-premiere recording of Johann Strauss Jr.’s Simplicius with the Zurich Opera Orchestra, which won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. In addition to audio recordings, Mr. Welser-Möst has an extensive number of DVD releases with the Zurich Opera. His DVD recording of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with the Zurich Opera won a 2005 Diapason d’Or award.