Apollo's Fire players take turns in the spotlight for a program overflowing virtuosity. From J.S. Bach’s sunny Orchestral Suite No. 1 to the darkly brooding Oboe Concerto in G minor, to the sparkling and beloved Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 and 4.
Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic launch "The Tchaikovsky Project," a recording cycle on Decca Classics that will encompass Tchaikovsky's complete symphonies and piano concertos, as well as other selected orchestral works. The first recording in the cycle features the composer's Sixth Symphony ("Pathetique") and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. The recording cycle is part of Mr. Bychkov's international, multi-season Tchaikovsky project, Beloved Friend, which also includes concert series in New York and London in 2016'17 and residencies in Paris and Vienna planned for future seasons.
This Saturday, October 22 at 12:55 p.m., the Met Live in HD presents Mozart's Don Giovanni. The performance, happening live at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will be simulcast in movie theaters all over the world. In Cleveland, you can see the show at the Cinemark at Valley View, Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16, and Digiplex Solon Cinema 16.
Matt Haimovitz's continuously-evolving and intense engagement with the Bach Cello Suites reaches a new zenith with Overtures to Bach, six new commissions that anticipate and reflect each of the cello suites. Matt pairs each of the new works with the Prélude, newly recorded here, from the Suite it introduces.
Jennifer Koh, Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year, headlines an album of Tchaikovsky’s complete works for violin and orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major is one of the most celebrated and daunting works in the violin repertoire. The subdued Sérénade mélancolique illustrates the composer’s ear for orchestral color. The delicate Valse-Scherzo melds old-fashioned elegance with spirited playfulness. Souvenir d’un lieu cher’s poignant, nostalgic mood gives way to a delightful finale. Koh shared the top prize in the 1994 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, where she played the Tchaikovsky (and Brahms) concerto and won three special prizes, including for the best performance of Tchaikovsky’s work.
Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces – pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director – in a landmark joint recording, For the Love of Brahms (Sony Classical). Available September 30, 2016, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls “music about love and friendship.”
For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record, blossoming from the “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) child who made her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 13 to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post). Now, on July 29th, 2016 the German label ARS will release Caroline’s first new recording since her GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping 2009 debut, released when the violinist was just 16.
The Emerson String Quartet celebrates 40 years together by releasing a box set on Deutsche Grammophon of their complete recordings. This 52 CD collection includes their complete output on DG and features highlights such as the 9 GRAMMY awards, 3 Gramophone Magazine Awards; complete cycles by Shostakovich, Beethoven and Bartók; plus String Quartets by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and many more.
Stephen Lias is an accomplished and inspirational composer of music for orchestra and large ensembles, chamber ensembles, and voice. He also founded the field seminar “Composing in the Wilderness,” which he leads annually.
As a self-made specialist in music inspired by the U.S. National Parks, Stephen Lias has been Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks, and has written over a dozen park-related pieces. Many of these works are featured on his new CD, Encounters: Music Inspired by Our National Parks.
Stephen spoke with WCLV's Angela Mitchell by phone from Nome, Alaska.
Cleveland Opera Theater returns to Dunham Tavern Museum for a free "Opera Al Fresco" concert. Family-friendly performance with FREE admission, children's activities, food trucks, wine & beer vendors and more!
Music Director Domenico Boyagian spoke with WCLV's Angela Mitchell about this weekend's free concert. He also gave an overview of the season as a whole, and hinted at his secret recipe for lasagna.
The mission of Arts in August is to expose the people of Tremont, Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to the beauty and positive influence of the arts, free of cost!
Cathleen O’Malley is the Director of Audience Engagement and Media for Cleveland Public Theatre. She spoke about the Arts in August Festival in general, and about CPT's STEP program specifically.
This week's Cleveland Ovations featured the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra, in a concert from last November at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights. At intermission, Angela Mitchell spoke with the flutists Sean Gabriel and Linda White. They were the soloists on the second work on the program, the Sinfonia Concertante for Two Flutes and Orchestra by Giuseppe Maria Cambini.
The San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) will disband in the summer of 2016 after 20 fulfilling years of performing together. Angela Mitchell spoke over the phone with Mr. Stone and Ms. Kloetzel on the eve of their final concert together. Listen to the interview here.
The Cleveland Institute of Music adds Claire Chase, founder and co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), to its illustrious list of Honorary Doctorates at its 91st Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2016 in Kulas Hall. During the ceremony Chase will deliver the Commencement Address to the 2016 graduating class.
Leonidas Kavakos, one of the world's finest violinists, showcases virtuoso works for the violin: included on his latest album are some of the most exciting and challenging violin works ever written, alongside beautiful, lyrical encores. Displaying a formidable technique to stunning effect, Kavakos is heard here at his very best; his unique style stealing the show in a dazzling, wide-ranging program.
Virtuoso is a WCLV Choice CD of the month. Leondias Kavakos spoke with WCLV's Angela Mitchell.
Andrés Orozco-Estrada is the Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This weekend, he makes his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra. He visited WCLV to introduce himself to our audience, speaking with Angela Mitchell.