Symphony No. 9

One of the world’s elite symphonic ensembles is recording again after a hiatus of almost seven years, and DG is its proud partner. The Cleveland Orchestra, long regarded as one of today’s pre-eminent ensembles, is releasing its recent performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, recorded under the baton of its music director, Franz Welser-Möst, at their January 2007 concert in Severance Hall. In the symphony’s finale, The Cleveland Orchestra is joined by The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and four outstanding vocalists, all with connections to DG: Measha Brueggergosman, whose solo project “Surprise!” will be released on October 9th. She sings alongside the celebrated German bass, René Pape, another DG exclusive artist. Two American singers complete the line-up: mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, featured in DG’s recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar, and Frank Lopardo, one of today’s most distinguished lyric tenors. Franz Welser-Möst is now in his fifth season as The Cleveland Orchestra’s music director and his second season as the General Music Director of the Zurich Opera.

Release Date: October 2, 2007
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Deutsche Grammophon