Episode #111

The Cleveland Orchestra Performs Brahms and Shostakovich

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Franz Welser-Möst leads the Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring Gil Shaham performing Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major; the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Laterna magica, a work inspired by the autobiography of Ingmar Bergmann; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6.

Shaham replaces Yefim Bronfman who withdrew on Tuesday.

The archived broadcast can be heard above through June 6.

Program Details

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director and Conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

JOHANNES BRAHMS - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
KAIJA SAARIAHO - Laterna magica (New York Premiere)
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH - Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54 

Kaija Saariaho is the holder of the 2011-2012 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.

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Violinist Gil Shaham performs Brahm's Violin Concerto with Conductor Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on May 23, 2012.
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Violinist Gil Shaham, Conductor Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra.
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Violinist Gil Shaham filled in at the last moment on the program after the original soloist became ill.
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Conductor Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra.
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Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most.

Comments [4]

Neil Schnall

Would be nice if Mr. Spurgeon would correctly pronounce the conductor's name, as Mr. Child managed to do. (Ms. Woolsey also makes this rare lapse.) The umlaut in his name is there for a reason.

May. 24 2012 11:37 AM


Yes, pending artist approval, we hope to have the archived audio up in the next several days.

May. 24 2012 11:22 AM

arg, can't believe I missed Shaham's Brahms. Will this be available to listen to after the concert?

May. 23 2012 09:31 PM
Kyle Wiedmeyer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I, personally, hate when an orchestra is declared the "best in the U.S." or the "best in the world." Each orchestra, whether venerable or unknown, has its own ups in downs in terms of performances. For example: some of the New York Philharmonic's Mahler recordings under Lorin Maazel were relatively ordinary, while some were brilliant. It all depends on the conductor and the music being played. Now, of course, this is not to say that this Cleveland Orchestra, along with others, is not always a good orchestra; it is, just some times it's better than other times.

May. 22 2012 03:40 PM

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