Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami performances released in new partnership with Google

By Aaron Keebaugh

Franz Welser-Most

Franz Welser-Most

Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra have entered into a partnership with Google Play Music to release live recordings of their concerts, including performances from Miami’s Arsht Center.

As part of Classical Live, the Cleveland Orchestra will release of up to four live recordings each concert season for download exclusively on the new-media monolith’s websites: and

The first release is now available and features Welser-Möst conducting Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony from a concert recorded at the Arsht Center in February. The orchestra’s other release features Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, which was recorded live at Severance Hall in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of five leading orchestras to team up with Google for Classical Live. Other ensembles include the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

An online store stocked with millions of songs, TV shows, games, books, and apps, Google Play is one of the world’s fastest growing platforms for downloading and streaming music. Participating orchestras earn revenue from the purchases of tracks.

“With Classical Live, we aim to reach a worldwide audience with a sense of adventure and taste for what is new, and through Google Play Music, provide these fans with the highest quality and most inspiring performances available,” said Jessica Lustig, co-director of Classical Live, in a statement.

“We’re excited about the launch of Google Play Music’s Classical Live and proud to be among this inaugural group of international orchestras,” said Cleveland Orchestra executive director Gary Hanson in a statement. “This new platform promises a prominent place for the latest orchestral performances worldwide.”

Live recordings of the Cleveland Orchestra are now available on Classical Live.;

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