New Brahms from Franz and TCO

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One of my favorite concerts of 17/18 (indeed, of at least the last few years) was a Brahms German Requiem at St. Florian Abbey in Austria. The setting and the acoustics at the abbey are spectacular, and all artists are in top form. I’m so happy that we recorded live that night for ClasArt. Available: TCO store Amazon

Musicians from Marlboro (December 2016)

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My next tour is a chamber music tour, and I can’t wait, because I’ll be catching up with friends from Marlboro in music by Haydn and Reger (the concert also includes great Schubert and Schumann pieces) in New York, Philly, DC, Boston, and Greenwich. Click here for all information. 

Mémoriale

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This summer at Marlboro I had the great pleasure of spending many hours on what I think are five of Pierre Boulez’s most beautiful minutes of music: his “Mémoriale” in the 1985 version written as a tribute to Ensemble Intercontemporain’s flutist Lawrence Beauregard. Mr. Boulez died early this year, and working on and performing this piece were beautiful ways both …

The Cleveland Orchestra, summer tour 2016

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We’re on vacation now: resting, Netflix bingeing, making up time with dogs and yards, catching up on house projects, and starting a new semester at CIM. Our most recent international tour finished less than a month ago with an exciting “Eroica” in Lucerne. We played a lot of Strauss, too, at Salzburg and Grafenegg (“Domestica,” “Four Last Songs,” and “Death …

Mozart!

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Returning to Mozart next week… Joshua Smith is looking forward to joining Yolanda Kondonassis (harp) and Jane Glover (conductor) and The Cleveland Orchestra for Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in April, 2016 at Severance Hall.    (photo by Roger Mastroianni)  

DVD/Blu-ray release: Brahms Cycle

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The newest Cleveland Orchestra DVD release is a three-disc set of Brahms’ Orchestral Works recorded live at world-class venues. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the box set features the four Symphonies, both Piano Concertos, the Violin Concerto, and three other orchestral works. These works were recorded live in three of the world’s most acclaimed concert venues between January 2014 and …

The Cleveland Orchestra in Europe, 2015

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 8:00pm Palais des Beaux-Arts The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor Joela Jones, piano MESSIAEN  L’Ascension: 4 méditations symphoniques MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra   LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG Friday, October 16, 2015, at 8:00pm Philharmonie The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor MESSIAEN  Chronochromie STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony   MILAN, ITALY Teatro alla Scala …

Playing With Love in The Land of Enchantment

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Joshua Smith is thrilled to return to The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival August 2-23. Concerts feature Bach sonatas with Kathleen McIntosh August 4-6 and a unique presentation of the very rarely heard “From the Canyons to the Stars” by Oliver Messiaen on August 23, conducted by Alan Gilbert.