The Cleveland Orchestra

Acclaim for The Cleveland Orchestra's Paris Residency

2 November 2011

The opening concerts of The Cleveland Orchestra’s new residency at the Salle Pleyel, Paris received wide-ranging critical acclaim this week. Under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, they performed two all-orchestral programmes, underlining the quality of the celebrated American ensemble. Performing a wide range of repertoire, works included the Doctor Atomic Symphony by America’s most performed living composer, John Adams, alongside European and Russian works including Richard Strauss' Métamorphoses, Stravinsky's Agon, Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Le Figaro commented on their performances: "... when the bows of the Cleveland Orchestra started to play, they were light, fluid and silky, they have perfected the art of creating what sounds like a single violin when in fact there are thirty-two of them... this is one of the very finest orchestras.”