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Proms 2014 Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra

Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra
Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra
19:30 Sun 7 Sep 2014 Royal Albert Hall
After an absence of almost a decade, the Cleveland Orchestra returns to the Proms with music by Brahms and Jörg Widmann. Brahms’s stormy and intricately structured First Symphony contrasts with the levity of his Academic Festival Overture, while Widmann’s concerto – composed for Cleveland’s principal flautist Joshua Smith – is both playful and disorienting.
After an absence of almost a decade, the Cleveland Orchestra returns to the Proms with music by Brahms and Jörg Widmann. Brahms’s stormy and intricately structured First Symphony contrasts with the levity of his Academic Festival Overture, while Widmann’s concerto – composed for Cleveland’s principal flautist Joshua Smith – is both playful and disorienting.

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The Cleveland Orchestra is one of America’s great ensembles. After an absence of almost a decade it returns to the Proms under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst for the first of two concerts.

If Brahms’s stormy and intricately structured First Symphony sees the composer at his most serious and structurally ambitious, his Academic Festival Overture is a rare example of his levity – an elegantly constructed musical thank-you-letter to Breslau University, taking its themes from boisterous student songs.

At the centre of the programme is a concerto commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for its principal flautist Joshua Smith. Rejecting anything too grandiose, young German composer Jörg Widmann has opted for a suite of dance movements – playful, referential and imaginatively disorienting.

 

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