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Dudamel Discoveries

Gustavo Dudamel , Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezue Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro Con Brio 7:25Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 - 2. Allegretto 8:44Album Only
listen  3. Márquez: Danzón No.2 (Live From Centro de Acción Social por la Música, Sala Simón Bolivar, Caracas/2008) 9:44Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No.5 In C Sharp Minor - 4. Adagietto (Sehr Langsam)10:46Album Only
listen  5. Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante Cantabile, Con Alcuna Licenza - Moderato Con Anima14:30Album Only
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listen  7. Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - 2c. Danse Russe Trépak (Tempo Di Trépak, Molto Vivace) 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Born on 26 January 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel was ten when he took up the violin, and soon was also studying composition. In 1996, he began his conducting studies with Rodolfo Saglimbeni and during the same year was named Music Director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he continued his conducting studies with José Antonio Abreu and was appointed Music ... Read more in Amazon's Gustavo Dudamel Store

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezue
  • Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B002NOYX04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dudamel Discoveries is the perfect compilation album and souvenir release to introduce listeners to the wonderful music of Dudamel and the Sim¢n Bol¡var Youth Orchestra of Venezuela! This album will be the perfect compilation to help reach out to a broader audience, offering them a unique way to experience Dudamel and the genre of classical music. With a mix of European and Latin influence, this recording will attract the general public, target a casual classical listener, and introduce them to Dudamel's other recordings and concert activities during the 2009/2010 season. Gustavo Dudamel, acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and compelling conductors of our time, will begin his tenure as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic this October 2009.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Patch Quilt October 5, 2011
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Collections such as this one are well placed in the MP3 category - buy what you want and don't bother with the rest. Most everything here has been around in other locations or recordings so don't expect 'discoveries' in repertoire. Gustavo Dudamel in 2009 vintage with his own Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela are represented here with bits and pieces. For this listener such 'teasers' have always been off putting - sort of favorite excerpts of the hurried hearer.

The first tow sections are form Beethoven - the Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 5 and the Allegretto form Symphony No. 7. If you want the entire symphonies they are available on one CD. For flavor Dudamel offers two works by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez - the Danzón No. 2 and the Conga del Fuego - well played by this orchestra. There are two sides of Tchaikovsky offered - the lovely Andante cantabile from Symphony No.5 and the Russian Dace from the Nutcracker. Of interest for those who wonder what Dudamel will sound like when he offers the entire Mahler symphony cycle (and then some) this winter when the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela travels to Los Angeles to join the LA Philharmonic in surveying all of Mahler, then pay close attention to the beloved Adagietto from Symphony No. 5. The collection concludes the Shostakovich Festive Overture.

While this collection is well performed, the beauty of a work is best judged by the performance of the entire work. But for a little teaser for friends who have not yet experienced Dudamel in person, this is a fine little gift. Grady Harp, October 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional for the Marquez! October 27, 2010
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Just when I thought there was no more symphonic music left to be discovered, along comes Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra playing two wonderful works by Arturo Marquez with such passion I want to get up and dance when I hear them. The exhilaration imparted is so intense I cannot imagine any black mood from which these two pieces could not rescue me.

The other bands are fine, but I prefer to listen to complete works rather than single movements. But the disc is more than worth the money for the Marquez alone!
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Phenomenal music, interpretations, performance, and sound. The headline says it all. This is a youth orchestra, for God's sake. The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuala or whatever name is currently in vogue has previously demonstrate how superbly young musicians can play Latin American music given adequate practice, a sterling conductor, and public support. Here Gustavo Dudamel leads this incredibly talented group of instrumentalists in a program of mostly 19th century music. The album aptly demonstrates that these young players’ amazing music-making abilities are NOT restricted to Latin American music but extend to a wide range of standard concert fare.

Dudamel and the orchestra’s performance of the 1st movement of the Beethoven Symphony 5 is the equal of the finest world-class adult orchestras. They play with great precision and a near-mature orchestral sonority. Symphony No. 7’s Allegretto goes similarly well. Even more impressive was Dudamel’s interpretations of the two movements which confirm earlier suspicions of a coming conducting giant moving through his formative years. I kept thinking of Kleiber’s Beethoven 5 as I listened to Dudamel’s. Movements from Mahler’s and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphonies are both sublimely interpreted and performed. The orchestra already proved their absolute competence in Latin American music several times in the past. They underscore it here.

This is a testament to what young musicians can accomplish with proper commitment, leadership, and support. Moreover, their performances are not just great for a youth orchestra. These are great performances for ANY orchestra. It would be no surprise if Dudamel grew to one of the greatest conductors ever to move a baton. The sound is up to the quality of what it conveys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discoveries December 27, 2012
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I heard selections on Sirius radio, and decided to order 2 copies, one for me and one as a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 9, 2012
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I was first introduced to The Dude (Gustavo Dudamel) when he was the subject of a report on "60 Minutes." It was exciting to see his orchestra (the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela) made up of young dedicated musicians. When you see music, art and theater cut from American schools because of budget problems, you wonder if our young people will grow up playing only video games and iPods and smart phones. The music on this album is phenomenal, the performances extraordinary. You wouldn't know that these musicians aren't seasoned professionals. I recommend it highly. Give it as a gift to some young person you know. It may make a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Exciting! Playful! September 5, 2012
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This is a truly exciting album. Dudamel is an brilliant conductor who takes his classical selections to the next level. It's no wonder that this young conductor is as renowned as he is. I'm certainly no authority in the classical genre, and it is evident when a conductor is passionate and the orchestra responds. I like this album a lot, and I am recommending this CD as an excellent addition to your collection.
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