Full program notes available here: clevelandorchestra.com/InfocusProgram
ABRAHAMSEN Vers le Silence [World Premiere Recording, Cleveland Orchestra Co-Commission]
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Opus 83
Emerging from a collective period of silence and reflection, Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra launch the second In Focus season with a fitting program: one exploring the experience of silence, whether before a composer sketches the first bars of a new work or the expectant moments before a performance. Episode 1: Aftersilence features the world premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s Vers Le Silence and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring soloist Igor Levit. The episode also includes interviews with Welser-Möst, principal horn Nathaniel Silberschlag and Abrahamsen, from his composing base in Denmark through the first performance in Cleveland.