by Peter Feher
The Cleveland Orchestra worked overtime last weekend, making every note count. The season at Severance Music Center came to a close with final performances of Verdi’s Otello, plus two additional programs that showed just how much repertoire the players can master. These special, one-off concerts, presented under the banner “Breaking Convention,” fit the experimental model the ensemble has established in recent years, trying out tricky music in unconventional formats around the schedule of an opera.
The singers had the night off, but the full orchestra was onstage May 27, at ease with compositions calculated to unsettle. Music director Franz Welser-Möst led a trio of contemporary symphonic works where challenges abound for performers and listeners alike. [Read more…]