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The symphonies of Mahler, of course being Mahler, range from long to longer, but are invariably a mixture of new and recycled material. Also, he frequently wrote middle movements before the outer ones, which sometimes produces a rather disjointed effect, to those unfamiliar with his work. There is seldom an over-riding continuous theme, yet the whole always seems to be complete. He also displays an occasional willingness to use non-orchestral instruments, or to have standard instruments play in a non-standard way. In this symphony we were treated to the unusual -- but enjoyable -- sounds of mandolin and guitar.

In a nice touch, Mr Welser-Möst brought Felix Kraus (english horn) and Harvey Wolfe (cello) to the front of the stage for individual bows at the conclusion of the work. The two men, long-time members of the orchestra, were playing their final concert at home before entering retirement. They are also both included on the tour. They will be missed.

Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra during their first concert of the 2004 European Tour at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany. Photo © 2004 Roger Mastroianni
Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra during their first concert of the 2004 European Tour at the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany. Photo © 2004 Roger Mastroianni

The Edinburgh Festival does not list a telephone, but their web-site is easy to use and very informative. www.eif.co.uk (for 25 and 26 August 2004)

For the concert in Dublin on Friday 27 August 2004, (the National Concert Hall is on Earlsfort Terrace), the box office numbers are: telephone: +353 (0)1 417 0000, and fax: +353 (0)1 475 1507. On the web, they're at: www.nch.ie

Copyright © 25 August 2004 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA

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THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE

THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

DUBLIN'S NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

THE ALEXANDER HORN COMPANY, MAINZ, GERMANY

FRANZ WELSER-MÖST TALKS TO RODERIC DUNNETT

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