Arts Year in Review 2016: A look back on another banner year for classical music in Northeast Ohio

Zachary Lewis,

Order prevailed over musical chaos in the most exciting possible manner this October, in a thrilling struggle of a Cleveland Orchestra program guest conducted by Jakub Hrusa and starring pianist Yuja Wang. Ferocious performances of Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Martinu’s “Parables” made compelling cases for untamed beauty, only to be reeled in and ultimately dominated by the rigor and expert craftsmanship palpable in Hrusa’s reading of Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. In short, the night was riveting, from start to finish.