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Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 CD

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In 2006, the 25-year-old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel's star on the international scene is rising fast, with prestigious conducting assignments and this CD of two of Beethoven's most-popular and often-recorded symphonies. It's a bold calling card for a label that has outstanding versions of these symphonies by the likes of von Karajan, Abbado, and Carlos Kleiber, among others. If Dudamel doesn't eclipse those or others atop the mountain of Beethoven symphony recordings, he gives fine performances brimming with vitality and excitement. His youth orchestra sounds as good as many better known ensembles, playing with spontaneity and technical expertise. Dudamel excels in painting vivid orchestral colors and lending rhythmic impetus to the fast movements of both symphonies, surely a prerequisite for conveying the power of the Fifth and the dancing rhythms of the Seventh. But he does tend to exaggerate dynamics, following powerful orchestral outbursts with barely audible solo or section passages. And his slow movements, while decently done, tend to lack flow and energy. Still, an impressive debut, heralding a welcome new face on the international conducting scene. --Dan Davis
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  • Orchestra: Simon Bolivar Sym. Orch. of Venezuela
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000G6BJNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Xyp on August 14, 2006
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Highly touted young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel makes his recording debut on this DG disc in the Beethoven 5th and 7th. There are a good many things to recommend this disc, not the least of which is that the orchestra is excellent for anywhere- when one considers that they are a youth orchestra, well, that's even better. They follow Dudamel's sense of shape and line very well, and I had no complaints about intonation.

The real star of the show, of course, is Dudamel- having conducted ensembles since the tender age of 12, the recording shows every bit of his experienced manner. He has the practiced ear of one who not only has been conducting for years, but moreover has specific ideas about the external and internal movement and form of the symphonic sound. His aforementioned sense of shape and line are well developed: listen to his opening of the Fifth, the control of the crescendos and tempo of the Andante movement, and finally the youthful vigor and energy of the fourth movement Allegro. But while his execution is surprisingly good, it is apparent that it has not come full flower yet: it should be no surprise that, in his mid-twenties, Dudamel is currently in the early stages of what will become a recognizable style and flair with an orchestra. If this debut disc is any indication of things to come (and, someone at DG needs a talking to: do we really need another Fifth and Seventh?!?) Dudamel's is certainly a talent to keep a close watch on for the future.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ursiform on January 12, 2008
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Gustavo Dudamel is clearly an extraordinarily talented young conductor, and I look forward to hearing him grow with the LA Phil. While interesting, these recordings are not the interpretations of a mature conductor who has fully worked his way to an understanding of Beethoven. The orchestra, while excellent for a youth orchestra, is not world class. And the recording itself is not one of DG's best.

I think this CD is well worth listening to for the energy and potential Dudamel manifests. But with so many great recordings of these symphonies available, this is not among the best. This is a purchase for someone who already has one (or several) great recordings of these symphonies, and is looking for an opportunity to make the musical acquaintance of the young maestro Dudamel. Someday he will make mature recordings of these symphonies, and it will be interesting to look back at this disk and see how he grew.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bert Kleinkauf on November 21, 2007
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I find Gustavo Dudamel Beethoven's 5th and 7th refreshing, original, electric, exciting, magical but above all beautiful. It was like hearing these old favorites for the first time. I was first drawn to an articulation of lines, threads in Beethoven's fabric, that I'd never noticed, or perhaps better said, never noted before. Room is made for the diversity of line -- each can be heard, each contributing to the whole.

The interpretation is fresh. Most noticed by me were the slow tempi: patience leaving room for dramatics, for accumulation. But Dudamel and friends aren't shy when it comes to allegro con brio, as in the close to the seventh. Slightly faster than von Karajan, they make Kleiber and Norrington seem positively pokey. But the pace isn't simply show-off speed, rather a breezy flight to the finish with sweep and drive.

Maestro Dudamel is able to extract brilliance from his orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Don't let that "youth orchestra" fool you. There's nothing second rate with their playing. And it's not just virtuosity, they play as one mind, with both softness and energy as called for. To be sure the CD is well recorded. The sound is clear and crisp. Not the muddle we've learned to live with from the late analog years.

I've listened to this CD a dozen times in the last week. I really believe it will stand the test of time. Surely I will continue to listen to my other interpretations, but Gustova Dudamel now gets my first listen for these old favorites.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2007
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It' s very difficult for me to talk - as Venezuelan citizen - with meridian objectivity, about the stature and mercurial emotional power Dudamel confers to every score he conducts. He has been born with that ominous inner fire, in order to express with admirable eloquence, the oneness contained in the core of every Opus conducted by him.

The countless testimonials all around the world seem to confirm it. This prodigious and very young master of the baton (26) simply has no limits, so we will really hope and wish from him to lead us for unexplored roads into the enormous musical universe.

Bravo maestro!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on October 17, 2006
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Maybe we didn't need another recording of Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies, but now that Dudamel's Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra has provided one, I'm glad he did.

Aside from the really compelling part of this story--that Dudamel scoops homeless and indigent kids off Venezuelan streets and gives them something to live for, saving them, and not coincidentally adding an enormous new talent pool to the music world--this is a vibrant recording, into which these kids have poured their new lives.

I'm delighted to have heard the results on a recent drive, and recommend this recording highly to all lovers of classical music--even those who already own more than one copy of each of these symphonies.
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