On 26 January the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst give the US premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Cleveland Pictures (2003-9) as part of their annual Florida residency. It was in Florida that Knussen conducted the New World Symphony in a private read-through of the extant material in 2008, having begun intensive work on the piece in 2003. It remained incomplete at the time of his death in 2018.
The Cleveland Orchestra originally commissioned the work from Knussen, each movement of which translates a different item from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art into sound. Even in its incomplete form, at 15½ minutes the work ranks as one of Knussen’s most extensive orchestral statements.
It will receive its Spanish premiere with Ludovic Morlot at L’Auditori with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya on 2 February 2024. The BBC Symphony Orchestra will perform the piece with Sakari Oramo at the Barbican on 24 May. (Faber Music Performance News)