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Berliner Philharmoniker – Gustavo Dudamel conducts Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 (2009) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

There have probably never been so many percussion instruments on the stage of the Berlin Phiharmonie as in this concert with Gustavo Dudamel from September 2009. In Sofia Gubaidulinas Glorious Percussion, no less than five percussionists demonstrate the multifaceted sounds and effects their intruments can produce.

Shostakovich’s 12th Symphony – which the Berliner Philharmoniker had astonishingly never played before – is no less energetic. Completed in 1961, this work, unusually enthusiastic for the composer, describes the October Revolution in grand-scale programme music tableaux, reflecting a short phase in Shostakovich’s life when, after the death of Stalin and in the hope of a more humane USSR, he was a wholehearted supporter of communism.

In this concert, Dudamel confirmed his reputation as one of the most dynamic conductors there is. The Berliner Zeitung, for example, wrote: “When last year the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Orchestra set the Philharmonie alight, we described its conductor Gustavo Dudamel as a pyromaniac. … When Dudamel conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker on Thursday as part of Musikfest Berlin, the fire was not tamed – but now it also brings bright, clear light.”

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Berliner Philharmoniker – A Russian evening with Gustavo Dudamel and Viktoria Mullova 2009 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The three composers in this concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker from March 2009 represent the stylistic diversity of Russian music during the 20th century. At the same time, their biographies show the influence of contemporary historical events. Although Sergei Rachmaninov had to leave his homeland forever in 1918, he remained true to his unmistakable late Romantic idiom, which was defined by his deep love for Russian culture and music, all his life. This style already characterized his opulent, dark tone poem The Isle of the Dead from 1909, which is in the unusual 5/8 metre and was inspired by Arnold Böcklin’s painting with the same title. Sergei Prokofiev began his career as a brilliant enfant terrible; after the October Revolution he lived for many years in America and Western Europe, then returned to the Soviet Union at the height of the worst Stalinist terror. His powerful but lyrically romantic (for example, in the slow movement) Fifth Symphony was already a great success during the Stalin era, but it easily outlasted the questionable stylistic ideal of “socialist realism” which prevailed at that time and, together with the “Classical” Symphony, it is regarded as the composer’s most successful contribution to the genre.

Like Rachmaninov, Igor Stravinsky eventually decided in favour of permanent exile; only once did he return to his Russian homeland, for a series of concert appearances in 1962. His only violin concerto, the premiere of which was conducted by the composer himself in Berlin in 1931, is generally assigned to his neoclassical creative period. Striking features of the work include his use of Baroque stylistic characteristics and a four-note chord in the solo violin, which is heard at the beginning of all four movements. “Virtuosity for its own sake has only a small role in my concerto,” Stravinsky declared. Nevertheless, there are enormous demands in the solo part, and violinist Viktoria Mullova approaches them with an impressive overall view of the work and crystal-clear articulation. After making his successful debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Waldbühne Concert in 2008, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel impressed listeners with his passion and precision during his second appearance with the orchestra.

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Gustavo Dudamel & Wiener Philharmoniker – Sommernachtskonzert 2019 / Summer Night Concert 2019 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gustavo Dudamel & Wiener Philharmoniker – Sommernachtskonzert 2019 / Summer Night Concert 2019 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:17 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

The world’s biggest annual classical open-air concert, The Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, returns to the magical setting of Schönbrunn Palace Baroque park in Vienna. After his successful debut at The Summer Night Concert in 2012, world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Summer Night Concert for the second time. Superstar pianist, Yuja Wang is this years soloist. The concert will take place on Thursday June 20, 2019 with “Rhapsody in Blue” being this year’s theme with an all American program. The concert is broadcast on TV and radio in more than 60 countries, and thus reaches an audience of millions. The evening’s repertoire features popular classical works such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Dvorák’s Symphony No.9 “From The New World”, Barber’s Adagio for strings, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and Steiner’s Casablanca Suite.

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Summer Night Concert 2019 720p+1080p MBLURAY x264-MBLURAYFANS

On Thursday, 20 June 2019, The Vienna Philharmonic performed its annual Summer Night Concert at Schönbrunn, an open air event with free admission in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Gustavo Dudamel conducts this open-air concert for the second time after 2012, the evening’s soloist is the Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang.

The focus of the Summer Night Concert 2019 is the music history of the United States of America. The works that were performed this year were written in or for America.

Director: Henning Kasten
Starring: Wiener Philharmoniker, Yuja Wang
Producers: Michael Heinzl, Martin Schermann, Martin Traxl, Karin Veitl
Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel

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Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel, Yuja Wang – Sommernachtskonzert 2019 / Summer Night Concert 2019 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel, Yuja Wang – Sommernachtskonzert 2019 / Summer Night Concert 2019 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:17 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

The world’s biggest annual classical open-air concert, The Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, returns to the magical setting of Schönbrunn Palace Baroque park in Vienna. After his successful debut at The Summer Night Concert in 2012, world renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Summer Night Concert for the second time. Superstar pianist, Yuja Wang is this years soloist. The concert will take place on Thursday June 20, 2019 with “Rhapsody in Blue” being this year’s theme with an all American program. The concert is broadcast on TV and radio in more than 60 countries, and thus reaches an audience of millions. The evening’s repertoire features popular classical works such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Dvorák’s Symphony No.9 “From The New World”, Barber’s Adagio for strings, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and Steiner’s Casablanca Suite.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Gustavo Dudamel conducts Tchaikovsky and Brahms at the Waldbühne 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

At his first Waldbühne Concert in 2008 Gustavo Dudamel paid tribute to the open-air summer ambiance of these events and put together a programme titled “Rhythms of the Night”. Six years later, the now thirty-three-year-old conductor struck an entirely different note and marked Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by performing two pieces by Tchaikovsky that were inspired by the Bard of Avon: the famous fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet and the far too rarely performed symphonic fantasy on The Tempest. These were followed by a cornerstone of the late Romantic German repertory: Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony. 

The young Venezuelan maestro has always felt a very special affinity for Tchaikovsky’s music since it has from the outset been a regular feature of the programmes of the El Sistema youth orchestras with which Dudamel grew up: “If you want to engage the attention of kids who have never heard classical music, then you should try Tchaikovsky. His compositions develop in a clear and easily understandable way and conjure up the same sort of vivid images as ballet music.” The two works on this evening’s programme likewise evoke particular images in their listeners’ minds: the story of the way in which Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are destroyed by the irreconcilable hatred of their two warring families finds expression in one of the most famous melodies in the whole of classical music, while in The Tempest the sea becomes the defining element in creating the atmosphere on Prospero’s enchanted island. 

After the interval came Brahms’s First Symphony, a work that the composer completed only after years of effort but which finally found him breaking free from Beethoven’s intimidating influence. In the opinion of the Berliner Morgenpost the combination of Russian and German Romanticism proved particularly felicitous, since Dudamel “declared Brahms and Tchaikovsky to be musical blood-brothers and turned the former composer’s First Symphony into four symphonic tableaus animated by thrilling restlessness and luxurious cinemascope emotions.” And the critic of Der Tagesspiegelwas excited by the “musical sparks that were struck when Latin American fire and carefree youth encountered a highly refined body of players. The air above Berlin was no longer filled with the smell of local beer but bubbled like champagne.”

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Gustavo Dudamel conducts Strauss and Barber 2013 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker – an open-air concert at the Waldbühne in 2008 – Gustavo Dudamel presented the music of his homeland in an exclusively “South American Night”. This was followed by appearances at the Philharmonie with more of a Russian flavour, then for his most recent guest appearance, he turned to one of the demigods of German late Romanticism: Richard Strauss.

In particular, the image of Richard Strauss as a mature composer with a patriarchal aura has taken root in the minds of music lovers. Yet he was a young man – around Dudamel’s age – when he wrote his famous tone poems, including Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel which are performed at this concert. These works are not only full of youthful fire, but also demonstrate an endless orchestral sophistication which the young composer used to dispel any possible doubts about his talent from the very outset. As a result, Strauss’s tone poems are among the most demanding ever written for symphony orchestras.

The Tagesspiegel review for one shows that Dudamel and the Berliner Philharmoniker met these requirements perfectly: “Dudamel conducted the Don Juan with relish, intoxicated by the Philharmoniker’s iridescent sound of a thousand colours. He did not fail to provide the irresistible charm, and allowed for the sugary confection of the melodies. The expressive musician that Dudamel is, he feels no need at all to jump around in order to spark the emotional storm. With focused arm movements and legs firmly on the ground, his strength comes from within. Phenomenal talent can also be shown in this way.”

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/3422

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mozart and Mahler 2015 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The Bamberger Symphoniker initiated the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2004, and the first winner was Gustavo Dudamel. Since then, the rising star of the international music scene, born in Venezuela in 1981, has been building a career that is without compare. Thanks to his musical temperament, his orchestral conducting expertise and his personal charm, Dudamel not only acquired a reputation in no time at all as one of the hottest conductors of the younger generation, but has also won over greats such as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado to work with “his” orchestra: the Sinfónica de la Juventud Venezolana Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan State Youth Orchestra “Simón Bolívar”.

A decade has passed since Gustavo Dudamel shone with Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at the final concert of the first Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition. Conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom Dudamel, according to the Tagesspiegel, gave the “coolest” debut of all time in 2008 at a concert at the Waldbühne, Dudamel now presents his interpretation of Mahler’s first symphony. The programme also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s so-called Posthorn Serenade K. 320. An interesting combination, given that both Mozart and Mahler reflect folk music traditions in their compositions to transcend the limits of traditional genres.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

When Gustav Mahler played his Third Symphony on the piano for the young Bruno Walter in Steinbach am Attersee, the latter was literally “stunned” by the “power and freshness of the tonal language”. “Only now and only through this music,” the conductor writes in his Mahler book, “do I feel I have perceived him; his entire being seemed to me to breathe a mysterious affinity to nature; until then I was only able to sense how deep, how elementary it was; I now came to know it directly through the musical idiom of his symphonic world dream. At the same time I also felt in him the yearning individual who with his presentiment pushes beyond the borders of the earthly and temporal and which the last three movements announced to me.”

Gustavo Dudamel performs Mahler’s symphonic world dream with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger. It is a truly monumental work in which the composer once again was led by the idea “of building up a world using all technical means available”. It is no accident that Mahler characterised his Third as a “musical poem spanning all stages of development in a gradual increase,” beginning with “inanimate nature” and increasing in cosmological expansion to people and angels “all the way to God’s love”. Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s five-minute piece Dinah and Nick’s Love Song for three melody instruments and harp provides an atmospheric beginning to the concert.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/17015

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvorak’s Symphony “From the New World” 2017 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The very title of John Adams’s three-movement orchestral work City Noir indicates that the piece was inspired by film noir: the idea for the piece came to the composer by “reading Kevin Starr’s multi-volume cultural and social history of California. In the ‘Black Dahlia’ chapter of his Embattled Dreams: California in War and Peace, 1940 – 1950 Starr chronicles the tenor and milieu of the late Forties and early Fifties as it was expressed in the sensational journalism of the era and in the dark, eerie chiaroscuro of the Hollywood films. This whetted my appetite for an orchestral work that, while not necessarily referring to the soundtracks of those films, might nevertheless evoke a similar mood and feeling, the tone of the era.” City Noir at its outset, with little in common with Adams’s minimalist works from the 1980s and 1990s, gives rise to a number of musical associations, ranging from Stravinsky to Gershwin, Bernstein and Milhaud to John Coltrane, before nervous jazz rhythms and recurrent patterns truly transport the listener back to America of that time – at the latest in the central middle movement, with its typically American mixture of classical and jazz style, in which the music, Adams says, “yearns toward but keeps retreating from the archetypal ‘blue’ note. But eventually the song finds full bloom in the voice of the solo trombone, a ‘talking’ solo, in the manner of the great Ellington soloists Lawrence Brown and Britt Woodman (both, fittingly enough, Angelenos).”

Gustavo Dudamel, who premiered Adams’s homage to the great age of bebop to great acclaim at his inaugural concert as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, is now turning to the work with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom he had the “coolest” debut of all time in 2008, according to the Tagesspiegel. The programme continues with Antonín Dvořák’s symphony From the New World – a work in which the composer as director of the New York National Conservatory of Music avowedly attempted with the help of stylised musical folklore “to portray characteristics such as are distinctly American”. Obviously successfully, because after the triumphant premiere the critics of all the New York newspapers agreed: they had heard “a study in national music” (New York Times). No one these days should doubt, however, that Dvořák’s masterpiece is deeply rooted in the Bohemian musical tradition.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/23517

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