With the mighty build-ups and monumental fortissimi of Bruckner‘s Seventh, Welser-Möst and his Clevelanders have their work cut out for them. And they do not disappoint. The most popular, and perhaps most easily accessible, of Bruckner‘s symphonies, the Seventh casts its spell on the audience with its clear-cut architecture and the wealth and fullness of its melodies. From the sweeping opening theme of the first movement to the victorious chords of the finale, the Cleveland Orchestra and its conductor deliver a magisterial reading of Bruckner‘s masterpiece.
Cleveland‘s Severance Hall is the venue for this performance. This hall, an eclectic yet elegant mix of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Classicism, Egyptian Revival and Modernism was inaugurated in 1931 and is still hailed today as one of the world‘s most beautiful concert halls. The Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, began its ascent to the upper ranks of the world‘s ensembles after it moved to Severance Hall in 1931.
BONUS: Introduction by Franz Welser-Möst
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
Resolution: 1080i FULL HD
Languages: GB, DE (Bonus)
Running Time: 66 mins + 14 mins (Bonus)
Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)
“Welser-Möst comes over a trifle detached and his superb orchestra seem more determined than inspired...On the positive side the orchestral balance Welser-Möst achieves is excellent, giving appropriate weight to the complex lines of Bruckner's argument...this is a very fine Bruckner 7 and probably the best produced HD video we currently have.”
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