Just in: Austrian bank invests in Brucknermain
For want of record labels that will put faith in good music, the Cleveland Orchestra has gone to the banks – and one has come up with the cash.
Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich will fund the rest of Franz Welser-Möst’s Bruckner cycle. The next symphony will be recorded at St Florian in Linz, where the composer lies embalmed below.
This is Franz’s big investor. And here’s the press release:
|THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA AND MUSIC DIRECTOR FRANZ WELSER-MÖST TO CONTINUE BRUCKNER RECORDINGS IN AUSTRIA SUPPORTED BY RAIFFEISENLANDESBANK OBERÖSTERREICHAt|
|a press conference in Vienna this morning, Cleveland Orchestra Executive Director Gary Hanson and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst announced an upcoming video recording of performances of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 at the Abbey of St. Florian near Linz, Austria in August, 2012, for future release on DVD. The Cleveland Orchestra gratefully acknowledges both Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, the Upper Austrian bank, and Clasart production company for their generous support of the DVD release.|
Dr. Ludwig Scharinger and Franz Welser-Möst
Dr. Ludwig Scharinger, CEO of Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich, commented, “We are proud to support Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra in their deep commitment to recording Bruckner’s masterpiece symphonies and sharing them with the world.” As one of the largest corporate contributors to The Cleveland Orchestra, Raiffeisenlandsbank Oberösterreich has sponsored Cleveland Orchestra performances in both Austria and Germany, and supports the 2011 Cleveland Orchestra Residency at the Muskverein in Vienna. In addition, Raiffeisenlandsbank Oberösterreich has organized Cleveland Orchestra performances at the Brucknerhaus in Linz as well as at the Abbey of St. Florian, the church where Bruckner is entombed. The bank is committed to enriching Austria’s culture through the arts.