Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
This is the DVD of the highly-anticipated Los Angeles Philharmonic Opening Night Concert on October 8th 2009, Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall, led by newly-appointed Music Director Gustavo Dudamel! A world-class pairing, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their new Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, mark the start of their partnership with this concert, filmed live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program defines everything that is fresh and exciting about their collaboration: John Adams world-premiere composition, City Noir that steps back into the dark past of Los Angeles, and the all-embracing First Symphony by Mahler, the composer who launched Dudamel's dazzling international career.
"He is the orchestra...at one with it" -- Los Angeles Times
"The 28-year-old Venezuelan conductor who has been taking the musical, and conducting, world by storm" -- Gramophone
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-8 of 36 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first work was John Adams' "City Noir", a very complex work which is very difficult to play, and probably quite foreign to most people's musical experience. The orchestra was up to the challenge, and Dudamel had certainly mastered the score. Don't expect to fall in love with this piece the first time you hear it! However, repeated hearings should reveal more and more of the inner voices, and I look forward to hearing it again.
The second work was Gustave Mahler's Symphony #1, for which Dudamel has a special affinity and love. Any Mahler lover (yes, I'm one) will have heard many different performances already. This one is unusual -- it is over the top. Dudamel brings some new insights, and stirs the orchestra to a fever pitch at the right moments. And he's not afraid of slow tempos when they're appropriate. This is a very exciting performance, and in my opinion, true to Mahler's intentions. I place it second to none -- it's at the top of the heap of recorded performances for this masterpiece. I just hope he records the other Mahler works on DVD!
On the basis of this one evening of watching him and listening to the results, I placed orders on Amazon for several other DVDs with Dudamel conducting. I don't think he's a flash in the pan. I believe he will be one of the great conductors of the 21st century, and I feel fortunate to live in LA, where I'll be able to see him and the orchestra live.
The Mahler is what I paid for, having seen the television broadcast. This is a crucial piece of music for me in my life, I have heard dozens if not over 100 performances of this piece.
The tempos are undeniably slow, my touchstone is the Bruno Walter performance with the Columbia orchestra. While this is not terribly annoying (esp to anyone who has listened to Klemperer and understood what he was doing), the opening is not well-served by this approach, the arch of the music, especially when we arrive at the horn duets, seems to get lost. However, in the later sections, the seeming exaggeration is what Mahler wrote in the score, the true portamenti are exactly what Mahler wanted, these are often miscalled glissandi, but these swoops in strings and winds are usually downplayed by 21st c conductors. This was part and parcel with the blend of Viennese, Bohemian, and Jewish root music that was in Mahler's mental universe, and they should not be denied. Dudamel wrings every last bit out of the orchestra, and if the pace were little more brisk, this would be the best-realized performance since Walter's. As it is, the playing and recording are so good for a live performance, that I would recommend even with the caveat.