Deutsche Grammophon has signed an agreement with the Cleveland Orchestra that kicks off with a Wagner album to be conducted by the Cleveland’s music director, Franz Welser-Möst.
This week Measha Brueggergosman will be recorded live at the orchestra’s home, Severance Hall, in the Wesendonck Lieder. The remainder of the disc will be recorded during the 2009-10 season for release in the autumn of 2010: the couplings will be the orchestral version of the Tristan Prelude and Liebestod and the overture to Tannhäuser. The recording will be issued both as a download and on cd.
A second release will see a former musical advisor to the orchestra, Pierre Boulez, record a disc of the two Ravel piano concertos with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (the coupling will be the solo Miroirs). The recording team will be producers Elaine Martone and Robert Woods and engineer Michael Bishop, all of whom have established a considerable reputation from their work at the Cleveland-based Telarc.
Cleveland Orchestra executive director Gary Hanson commented, “It is almost unprecedented in this decade to announce a four-CD commitment between a distinguished international label and a major American orchestra. That we are doing so today is a credit to the artists and to the members of The Cleveland Orchestra.” And Michael Lang, president of Deutsche Grammophon, added, “It’s important that classical music continues to be performed and recorded at the highest possible levels – that’s reason enough for a collaboration between The Cleveland Orchestra and Deutsche Grammophon; however, when one factors in the shared history between these two acclaimed organisations, it’s also the right time to work together again.”
Further recorded exposure of the Cleveland Orchestra is due later this year with DVD releases of Bruckner’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies.