The Cleveland Orchestra - Franz Welser Möst
22.10.2017 | 19:30 | Wiener Musikverein - Goldener Saal, Großer Saal
Franz Leopold Maria Möst (born 16 August 1960), known professionally as Franz Welser-Möst, is an Austrian conductor. He is currently music director of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In the USA, Welser-Möst made his American conducting debut with the St. Louis Symphony in 1989. He first guest-conducted the Cleveland Orchestra in February 1993. Welser-Möst became music director of the Cleveland Orchestra with the 2002/2003 season, for an initial contract of five years. At the end of his first season, his contract was extended for another five years. In June 2008, the orchestra announced a further extension of his contract with the Cleveland Orchestra through the 2017/2018 season. In October 2014, the orchestra announced an additional extension of his Cleveland Orchestra contract through the 2021-2022 season.
Dates October 2017
Franz Leopold Maria Möst (born 16 August 1960), known professionally as Franz Welser-Möst, is an Austrian >> Read more
Dates October 2017
The Großer Musikvereinssaal, exactly 48.80 metres long, 19.10 metres wide and 17.75 metres high, combines the in itself static, stabile basic form of a rectangle with enlivening details. The walls and the ceiling are rhythmically arranged, forms and colours enter into an interesting interplay.
The ceiling paintings by August Eisenmenger – Apollo and the nine Muses, surrounded by allegorical figures – create a dynamic counterpoint to the dominant golden tone of the hall.
Another no less attractive contrast is the plain white of the sculptures by Franz Melnitzky. The pairs of female figures, indolently elegant, moulded over the balcony doors and the organ, perfectly correspond to the straight-backed caryatids in the stalls – feminine variations in the historical interplay of the main hall.
In the midst of this, the art of music takes on the concrete form of marble busts of famous composers of the past (only masters who had already died before 1870 were accepted into this illustrious gallery). And above all this there is the row of arched windows. Daylight also plays its part in Hansen’s symphony of colour.
More than two thousand people, 1,744 seated and 300 standing, come together as one audience.