NEW YORK (AP) _ Carnegie Hall officially opened its season with an evening of Schumann and Brahms, in which the Cleveland Orchestra got the most out of the two 19th century Romantic composers.

Tuesday night's performance also made the music accessible and upbeat in a way that should appeal to the larger audience that will hear it on PBS Oct. 11 and 13.

Carnegie has a tradition of inviting different orchestras to play on its seasonal opening nights, and this one, conducted by music director Christoph von Dohnanyi, featured highly acclaimed musicians living up to their reputations.

Schumann's ``Symphony No. 2'' began with rich but mysterious beauty, the orchestra's tones full-bodied and warm. This symphony's beautiful melodies make it easy to listen to. The finale is sometimes tenderly poetic, other times energetic and cheerful, and finishes with a rousing sense of triumph.

After intermission, Brahms, whose music was championed by Schumann, was heard in ``Piano Concerto No. 2,'' one of the longest ever written. The work was influenced by Brahms' trips to Italy, and the soloist was the Italian virtuoso Maurizio Pollini. His playing was elegant and, even in the thundering passages, when the music grew to a fiery torrent, it never became bombastic.

Dohnanyi conducted despite having dislocated his right shoulder two days earlier, and it made an unusual spectacle. He had to keep his baton movements to a minimum, while only his left arm made large sweeping motions.