by Peter Feher
On paper, last week’s Cleveland Orchestra concerts might have lacked a little color: two numbered symphonies and a piece of new music with an abstract title. But Thursday’s performance at Severance Music Center under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst came to vibrant life, thanks in part to the sparkling world premiere at the program’s center.
Intensity, by Bernd Richard Deutsch, made the most instrumental demands of the evening, and with good reason. Deutsch, the Orchestra’s Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow, wrote the piece expressly for the Cleveland musicians, a follow-up to his first premiere with the ensemble, the powerful organ concerto Okeanos (2019).