Perhaps no other musical ensemble is more closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. In the course of its 170-year history, it has been an integral part of a musical epoch that, due to an abundance of gifted composers and interpreters, can be regarded as unique. The greatest admirers of this venerable institution have included Wagner, Bruckner, Brahms and Mahler. One of today’s most distinguished conductors, Franz Welser-Möst—music director of the Cleveland Orchestra—has developed a particularly close and productive relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic as a guest conductor. This performance features Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht—an expression of nature and emotion inspired by Richard Dehmel’s mystical poem—and Schubert’s 9th Symphony, considered to be his greatest work.