Franz Schubert: Sinfonie C-Dur
Ernst Křenek: Static and Ecstatic
Franz Welser-Möst / Cleveland Orchestra
Lso Live, 1 SACD
Recorded live at Severance Hall March 2020
This new Deluxe CD album marks The Cleveland Orchestra’s second release on its own label, following the inaugural boxed set titled A New Century, released in June 2020.
The new disc features Schubert’s greatest symphonic masterpiece, his “Great” C-major Symphony (D.944) paired with a uniquely modern work by 20th-century composer Ernst Křenek, Static and Ecstatic. Both pieces were recorded live at Severance Hall with Music Director Franz Welser-Möst in March 2020, and mark The Cleveland Orchestra’s final performances prior to performing arts groups being shuttered around the world due to the coronavirus.
“This recording — pairing a symphony by Schubert with a modern piece by Ernst Křenek — came together quite unexpectedly, from two separate projects,” says Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. “In the midst of changing circumstances, as the world itself was revolving in one direction and slowing down in so many other ways, these two pieces suddenly became an unlikely but obvious twosome.”