Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cleveland Orchestra in 2006-07: Pintscher and Kyburz

Schedule features premieres, Dohnanyi

Donald Rosenberg - Thursday, February 09, 2006
From The Plain Dealer

Franz Welser-MÖst will lead 11 weeks of concerts at Severance Hall during his fifth season as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. Music director laureate Christoph von Dohnanyi will return for a single concert, his first appearance since the end of his 18-year tenure in 2002.
The orchestra's 2006-2007 season, to be announced in full in Sunday's Arts section, will contain two world premieres, a U.S. premiere and four Cleveland Orchestra premieres. Welser-MÖst's repertoire includes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mahler's First Symphony, Haydn's Mass No. 14 and concert performances of Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier."

Dohnanyi will appear Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, conducting Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony and Schumann's Fourth Symphony. Conductors making debuts are Philippe Jordan, principal guest conductor of the Berlin State Opera; Sakari Oramo, music director of England's City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; and Nicholas McGegan, music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

Also on the conducting roster will be Matthias Pintscher, Mitsuko Uchida (ending her five-year cycle of Mozart's complete piano concertos), Andrew Grams, Michael Stern, Ivan Fischer, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kurt Masur, Alan Gilbert, Kirill Petrenko and Paavo Järvi.
The orchestra will give the world premieres of works by Julian Anderson and Richard Sortomme and the U.S premiere of a piece by Hanspeter Kyburz. Other living composers represented next season are Osvaldo Golijov, Christopher Rouse, Gyorgi Ligeti and Pintscher.
Among the season's soloists are bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; bass René Pape; pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Horacio Gutierrez, Angela Hewitt and Stephen Hough; cellist Truls Mork; violinists Hilary Hahn, Sergei Khachatryan, William Preucil, Gil Shaham and Frank Peter Zimmermann; violist Robert Vernon; clarinetist Franklin Cohen; and hornist Richard King.


Orchestra mixes new, old

Season ends Mozart Piano Concerto cycle, picks up new works

By Elaine Guregian - Thu, Feb. 09, 2006
From The Beacon Journal

Beginnings, endings and an intriguing combination of new and standard repertoire mark the Cleveland Orchestra's 2006-07 subscription season, announced today.

It will be the first chance since 2002 to hear Music Director Laureate Christoph von Dohnanyi leading the Cleveland Orchestra. The last chance to hear Mitsuko Uchida conducting and performing in her Mozart Piano Concerto cycle, which has been five years in its execution. And probably the first time for most people in the audience to hear the Cleveland Orchestra perform a concert performance of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier, since the group last performed it in 1935.

Music director Franz Welser-Moest will conduct just 11 weeks of the concerts at home. The orchestra has not yet announced its final touring schedule, but the multiweek residency in Miami that the orchestra has been planning, plus any domestic or overseas tours, would raise Welser-Moest's total number of weeks of conducting.
Carnegie Hall last week announced that the Cleveland Orchestra will open its 2006-07 season with Welser-Moest conducting. And the orchestra has said it plans to perform under Welser-Moest at the Lucerne (Switzerland) Festival in September 2006.

When Welser-Moest is not in Cleveland, guest conductors including Ivan Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Paavo Jarvi, Philippe Jordan, Kurt Masur, Nicholas McGegan and Kirill Petrenko will lead the orchestra. Repertoire ranges from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Brahms' Violin Concerto to newer works including Last Round by the enormously in-demand composer Osvaldo Golijov.
The orchestra will continue a series of four Sunday afternoon concerts, called ``Musically Speaking,'' intended to appeal to new concertgoers by having conductors and performers speak about the music they are performing.

In the arena of contemporary music, there will be chances to get to know some new names. The orchestra will give the world premieres of works it commissioned from Julian Anderson, a British composer who is the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons; and by Richard Sortomme. The work by Sortomme is a viola concerto written specifically for the Cleveland Orchestra's principal viola, Robert Vernon.
A new work by the Swiss composer Hanspeter Kyburz is the third Roche Commission, created in partnership by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival and Carnegie Hall. Another featured composer is the German conductor/composer Matthias Pintscher, who will conduct his Cello Concerto.

Returning soloists include the pianists Emanuel Ax and Stephen Hough; violinists Hilary Hahn, Sergei Khachatryan and Gil Shaham; and bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff.
Soprano Measha Brueggergosman and bass Rene Pape will make their Cleveland Orchestra debuts, while tenor Frank Lopardo will make his Severance Hall debut. These three appear together, along with returning mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (``Choral'').

Christoph von Dohnanyi's appearance on Feb. 28, leading Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Schumann's Symphony No. 4, is a nonsubscription concert, as are two matinee programs of Holst's The Planets led by guest conductor Michael Stern on Dec. 9 and 10.

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