On A Personal Note Podcast (Free)

Every story has a soundtrack. Cleveland Orchestra Musicians and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst share stories about the music that has shaped their lives.

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  • Bonus Episode - The Sound of Crisis

    Music Director Franz Welser-Möst recalls his conflicting emotions conducting The Cleveland Orchestra one last time before the Coronavirus pandemic silenced Severance Hall.

    SCHUBERT – Symphony in C major (“The Great”)
    Andante con moto

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    Recorde...

  • The Lasting Luster of Vinyl

    French Horn Player Richard King shares his earliest memories of hearing Beethoven’s "Eroica" on the family phonograph and how the disc ended up shaping his destiny.

    BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)
    The Cleveland Orchestra

  • A Romance with Rosenkavalier

    Violinist Katherine Bormann contemplates whether you can be in a long-term relationship with a composition and talks about why she’ll stick with Strauss’s Rosenkavalier Suite until the end.

    Featured Music:
    R. STRAUSS – Concert Suite: Der Rosenkavalier

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, ...

  • First Impressions

    At age 21, in his second week with The Cleveland Orchestra, Principal Horn Nathaniel Silberschlag played Mahler’s 5th for a packed house, exceeding expectations. Even his own.

    Featured Music:
    MAHLER - Symphony No. 5
    3. Scherzo

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    Recorded live ...

  • Rediscovering Joy

    Cellist Martha Baldwin talks about the restorative power of Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto after a difficult diagnosis.

    Featured Music:
    BEETHOVEN – Piano Concerto No. 2

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
    Emanuel Ax, piano

    Recorded live at Severance Hall in 2017

  • The Boy With The Dragonfly Tattoo

    Principal Flute Joshua Smith explains how performing Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen left a lasting mark and why the dragonfly just may be his favorite insect.

    Featured Music:
    JANÁČEK – The Cunning Little Vixen
    (climax of Act II)

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
    Martina ...

  • The Courage of Our Convictions

    Viola Player Eliesha Nelson finds strength in Anton Bruckner’s strongly-held belief that good conquers all — at a time when uncertainty troubles many.

    Featured Music:
    BRUCKNER – Symphony No. 5

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

    Recorded live from Severance Hall in February 2020

  • A Musicians Journey Part 1: Emilio Llinás

    Long-tenured violinist Emilio Llinás reflects on his journey from Cuba to Cleveland and shares a perspective shaped by his 52 seasons with The Cleveland Orchestra.

    Featured Music:
    BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9 (“Choral”)
    Allegro ma non troppo un poco maestoso

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-M...

  • A Musician’s Journey Part 2: Jessica Sindell

    Assistant Principal Flute and hometown girl Jessica Sindell reflects on her time with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, landing her dream job, and the relentless pursuit of imperfection.

    Featured Music:
    RACHMANINOFF – Piano Concerto No. 3
    Allegro ma non tanto

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Mat...

  • On Resolution

    Clarinetist Robert Woolfrey talks about finding peace in Brahms’s German Requiem and its power to connect the past with the present.

    Featured Music:
    BRAHMS – German Requiem
    For all flesh is as grass

    The Cleveland Orchestra
    Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

    Recorded live at Severance Hall in October...