Cleveland loops the Lupu

The reclusive Radu Lupu, never an easy hire, has been enticed by the Cleveland Orchestra into joining its European tour and Vienna residency. Details below.

radu lupu

 

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 8:00pm
Palais des Beaux-Arts
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joela Jones, piano

MESSIAEN  L’Ascension: 4 méditations symphoniques
MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste
STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra

LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG

Friday, October 16, 2015, at 8:00pm
Philharmonie
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MESSIAEN  Chronochromie
STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony

 

 

MILAN, ITALY

Teatro alla Scala
Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 9:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano

MESSIAEN  Hymne
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 4
STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra

 

 

PARIS, FRANCE

Philharmonie de Paris
Monday, October 19, 2015, at 8:30pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano

Women of the Choir of the Orchestre de Paris

Maîtrise de Paris, children’s chorus
MAHLER  Symphony No. 3

 

 

COLOGNE, GERMANY

Philharmonie
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 8:00pm

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joela Jones, piano

MESSIAEN  Hymne
MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste
STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony

 

 

DORTMUND, GERMANY

Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 8:00pm
Konzerthaus Dortmund
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MESSIAEN  Chronochromie
STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony

 

 

REGENSBURG, GERMANY

Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 8:00pm
Audimax, University of Regensburg
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MOZART  Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)
STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony

 

 

MUNICH, GERMANY
Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 8:05pm

Philharmonie am Gasteig
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Radu Lupu, piano

MESSIAEN  Hymne
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 4
STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra

 

 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at 7:30pm
Musikverein
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Joela Jones, piano

MESSIAEN  L’Ascension: 4 méditations symphoniques
MESSIAEN  Couleurs de la cité céleste
STRAUSS  Also sprach Zarathustra

 

 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 7:30pm
Musikverein
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

MESSIAEN  Chronochromie
STRAUSS  An Alpine Symphony

 

 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 7:30pm
Musikverein
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano
Women of the Vienna Singverein
Vienna Boys Choir

MAHLER  Symphony No. 3

 

 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 7:30pm
Musikverein
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Genia Kühmeier, soprano
Vienna Singverein

MOZART  Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)
STRAUSS  Four Last Songs
VERDI  Four Sacred Pieces

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  • I saw him once play the Schumman concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, perhaps 6-7 years ago. I don’t have a trained ear at all, but it was incredible. There can’t be many better than him.

      • Play nice JPlayer.

        And to Mr Andy. It is Schumann.
        And just to make sure that you will be okay by yourself.
        It is pronounced as SCHU-MARN, not SCHU-MEN.

  • That’s an impressively varied set of programs. Disappointing that they’re playing in a number of places close to, but not actually in, Prague.

  • An amazing and deeply honest artist. Had a privilege of hearing him in 2010 in Geneva with Marek Janowski and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Beethoven 5. Incredible focus and attention to detail. It is true, he sits on the office chair when playing! My only reservation was that Emperor was slightly too intimate and subtle for my taste. I wish I could have heard him play Beethoven 4, which fits his temperament much better.

    Lupu lives in Lausanne. Heard that he doesn’t play many concerts as he doesn’t like to travel. He will not have to travel far for the concerts with Cleveland – Milano, Vienna, Munich. Don’t ever miss if you have an opportunity to hear him!

  • Saw him once in Musikverein. That concert was something. I couldn’t breath when he played Franck’s Prélude, Choral et Fugue.

  • He explained that he uses a regular chair because during his days as a student in Moscow Conservatory that was the only kind of chair that was available in the dormitory’s practice rooms and that he got so used to it that he never wanted to change. His playing always impressed me with the most meditative approach of any pianist I have ever experienced in live performances. He always seems to be making the music up right on the spot, as if thinking it aloud. A truly unique artist.

    • Thanks for the information! I always wondered why he used a regular chair. I thought he must have had a back pain or a similar problem. He was a student of Neuhaus in Moscow, by the way, but I assume you knew this. And one of the few Van Cliburn winners who managed to establish a major career. A wonderful pianist, no doubt!

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