In Focus Season 1 (premium content)

Recorded live in Mandel Concert Hall at Severance, each episode of In Focus features full concert performances together with a backstage look at the Orchestra’s musicians and music-making. Available only on Adella Premium -

  • In Focus: Inspirations

    Movie + 1 extra

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    RESPIGHI - Ancient Airs and Dances, Set 3
    WALKER - Antifonys (for string orchestra)
    TCHAIKOVSKY – Souvenir de Florence

    This opening performance for our In Focus series brings together new inspirations in the form of souvenirs from the past, w...

  • In Focus: Bronfman and Beethoven

    Movie + 1 extra

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
    Yefim Bronfman, piano

    SCHNITTKE – Concerto for Piano and Strings
    BEETHOVEN – String Quartet No. 10 (“Harp”) (for string orchestra)

    For this broadcast, a pair of pieces reflects the sensibilities of two very different centuries. Schnittke’s v...

  • In Focus: Alisa Weilerstein Plays Bach

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    BACH – Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Nos. 1-6

    The Cleveland Orchestra presents a special solo recital performance of Alisa Weilerstein playing Bach’s complete cycle of Solo Cellos Suites recorded live at Severance Hall in January 2021. These six pieces, written from 1717-23 for Bach’s own use, wer...

  • In Focus: Ax Plays Haydn

    Movie + 1 extra

    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
    Emanuel Ax, piano

    HAYDN - Piano Concerto in D major
    BARTÓK - Divertimento for Strings

    One of the most beloved concert pianists on the stage today, Emanuel Ax returns to perform a charming concerto by Haydn. This delightful work is paired with a mesmerizingly soulful...

  • In Focus: Inventions: Bach to Mendelssohn

    Movie + 6 extras

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Nicholas McGegan, conductor and harpsichord

    HANDEL - Overture and Pifa Pastorale from Messiah
    CORELLI - Concerto Grosso Opus 6, No. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”)
    BACH - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
    MENDELSSOHN - String Symphony No. 7

    Guest conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to ...

  • In Focus: Musical Patterns

    Movie + 5 extras

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
    Jung-Min Amy Lee, violin
    Marc-André Hamelin, piano

    GLASS – Glassworks: Opening (reworked by Christian Badzura)
    PÄRT – Fratres (for solo violin, strings, and percussion)
    BACH – Keyboard Concerto No. 5
    ADAMS – Shaker Loops (for string orchestr...

  • In Focus: Carmen-Suite

    Movie + 5 extras

    SHCHEDRIN Carmen-Suite
    (complete ballet music for percussion and string orchestra)

    Bizet’s colorful and flamboyant opera Carmen, with its eye-popping portrayal of on-the-street living filled with smoking, fighting, and drinking women scandalized Parisian audiences but became wildly famous for i...

  • In Focus: Memory and Transformation

    Movie + 5 extras

    SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony in C minor, Opus 110a
    MESSIAEN Le Christ, lumière du Paradis [Christ, Light of Paradise]
    from Éclairs sur l'Au-Delà [Illuminations of the Beyond]

    Reflecting on the one year anniversary of the global pandemic, Franz Welser-Möst leads a program bringing togethe...

  • In Focus: Visions and Impressions

    Movie + 5 extras

    TAKEMITSU Air (for solo flute)
    PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives, Opus 22a (15 movements for piano arranged by Rudolf Barshai for string orchestra)
    DEBUSSY Syrinx (for solo flute)
    POULENC Organ Concerto (for organ, strings, and timpani)

    This episode looks at contrasts and musical impressions. Open...

  • In Focus: Musical Magicians

    Movie + 7 extras

    DVOŘÁK String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Opus 77 (performed by string orchestra)
    CORIGLIANO Conjurer: Concerto for Percussionist

    This program offers discoveries new and old, highlighting music’s magical ability to uncover and reveal pleasures, dreams, and unexpected connections.

    A modern conce...

  • In Focus: Style & Craft

    Movie + 6 extras

    RAVEL Sonatine
    BRITTEN Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

    This broadcast features two talented young musicians — one French, one English, and both with great gift for melody and form, style, and craft.

    Frenchman Maurice Ravel wrote a short sonata movement to enter into a magazine contest i...

  • In Focus: Order and Disorder

    Movie + 6 extras

    MOZART – Clarinet Quintet in A major

    Afendi Yusuf, clarinet
    Stephen Rose, violin
    Jeanne Preucil Rose, violin
    Lynne Ramsey, viola
    Mark Kosower, cello
    BERG – Three Pieces from Lyric Suite

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, co...

  • In Focus: Celestial Serenades

    Movie + 4 extras

    Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
    Michael Sachs, trumpet
    Yolanda Kondonassis, harp

    KERNIS Elegy . . . for those we lost
    KERNIS Musica Celestis
    SUK Serenade for Strings, Opus 6

    This program embraces the journey of finding meaning in grief and reflection, while also returning to the simple joys of...

  • In Focus: Dance & Drama

    Movie + 3 extras

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    GRIEG From Holberg’s Time: Suite in Olden Style
    KORNGOLD Symphonic Serenade

    Music for theater and film has strong historical roots, inspiring music of extraordinary character — vividly turning action into sound and creating moods of tenderne...