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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Since bursting onto the international scene by winning the 2004 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition at the age of 23, Gustavo Dudamel has gone on to a major career, including an appointment as principal conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, beginning in 2009. In his third release for Deutsche Grammophon, he leads Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in a program of Latin American music, plus Leonard Bernstein's Latin-inspired "Mambo" from West Side Story. The collection includes several classic works, like Revueltas' Sensemayá and Ginastera's dances from the ballet Estancia. Revueltas' darkly primal wildness and Ginastera's sophisticated application of European harmonies to his earthy folk-like themes make their works the most sophisticated and musically substantial on the album. Evencio Castellanos' Santa Cruz de Pacairigua is clearly indebted to Ginastera in its rhythmic and harmonic complexity, but it's an attractive piece that's full of surprises. Arturo Márquez's elegant Danzón No. 2, which has been called Mexico's second national anthem, has been widely performed and is deservedly popular. In his Fuga con Pajarillo, Aldemaro Romero manages to create a neo-classical work with a distinctive but subtly Latin-flavored sound. The youthful orchestra plays with the panache and assurance of a professional ensemble. Much of this music is dance-based, and it allows the players to really rock. Dudamel leads them in performances of tremendous energy and exuberance; their reading of the Bernstein is scarily ferocious. Dudamel wrote of the orchestra, "We give our all with every performance. And all that can be heard on this recording." Absolutely.

Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

It's still too early in Gustavo Dudamel's career to put out a greatest-hits collection, yet he has released enough high-profile albums on Deutsche Grammophon to warrant a generous sampler. To give listeners a clear idea of this critically acclaimed conductor's range and versatility, short pieces and movements from larger works have been selected from seven CDs to highlight his repertoire on Discoveries. From Beethoven to Bernstein, with touchstones along the way by Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Mahler, Stravinsky, Revueltas, and others, this compilation demonstrates Dudamel's broad musical tastes and boundless enthusiasm for showstopping orchestral works. Conducting the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic, he shows his exceptional aptitude for symphonic music, ballets, and tone poems, and delivers the music with fiery energy and drama.

Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

How could any sane conductor make his recording debut leading Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh symphonies? More to the point, how could any sane record label let an almost unknown 24-year-old Venezuelan conductor make his recording debut leading Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh symphonies? No matter who he is, he'll inevitably be compared to everyone who's ever recorded the works from Arthur Nikisch to Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, and hundreds of others. Who could stand up to that kind of competition? Gustavo Dudamel, that's who. The man Claudio Abbado described as "one of the most gifted conductors I have had the pleasure to hear in recent years," creates performances of central works of the standard orchestral repertoire that can stand comparison with the very best ever recorded. With his Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Dudamel leads performances of blinding clarity, blazing intensity, and blistering energy. All the details are firmly in place -- listen to the wind and brass crescendos in the Fifth's opening Allegro con brio or the layers of accompaniment in the Fifth's Andante con moto -- and all the colors are brilliantly realized -- listen to the oboe cadenza in the recapitulation of the Fifth's opening movement or the woodwinds' shading in the Seventh's introductory Poco sostenuto. But while these things are crucial to the performances' success, they pale before the bone-deep dedication of the musicians. A very young ensemble, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra plays Beethoven with unbelievable enthusiasm, commitment, and individualism -- imagine the Clash playing Beethoven and you have some idea of what to expect. In DG's clear, clean if not overly warm sound, Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra have given the world a pair of the finest Beethoven symphony recordings ever made, and anyone who loves music, life, and love is urged to hear them.

Symphonies - Released March 1, 2017 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Classical - Released February 13, 2017 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Symphonic Music - Released February 13, 2017 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Symphonic Music - Released January 9, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Symphonic Music - Released December 16, 2016 | Gustavo Dudamel


Symphonies - Released October 2, 2015 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Classical - Released April 15, 2015 | Gustavo Dudamel


Symphonic Music - Released January 26, 2015 | Gustavo Dudamel

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In October 2014 Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela recorded in Caracas live symphonic extracts from Wagner’s operas. The extracts make up part of the programme of their 2015 tour, which will take place in major concert halls across Europe. Out of the freshness and youthful enthusiasm that marks the recording, the idea was born to turn it into an album. The young musicians and their conductor portray the grandeur of this monumental work without the help of voices, only using their instruments. With spontaneity and without any prejudice, the orchestra treads a fine line between being closely intimate and an incredibly energetic, propelled by the pleasure of creating music and sharing it with as many people as possible. Describing the importance of Wagner in his musical life, Dudamel stated: “The same way Wagner transformed music, his music transformed my life and that of my orchestra. Thus it’s very special for us to play his music.” © AG/Qobuz

Classical - Released April 9, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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