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Classical - Released November 16, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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This new version of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet has been released hot on the heels of Disney's Nutcracker and the Four Realms, whose original music by James Newton Howard reprises and updates some of the themes from the Russian's score. Recorded by Gustavo Dudamel with Lang Lang at the piano and Andrea Bocelli singing the titles, this film's soundtrack is made to measure for these three global stars. This recording of the original material was carried out at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in December 2013 during a Christmas celebration. The concert marked ten years of fruitful collaboration between Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The Venezuelan maestro brings us a hedonistic vision of this German fairytale by ETA Hoffman, re-imagined by Alexandre Dumas and so wonderfully turned in to music by Tchaikovsky. It was one of the Russian's last masterpieces, coming just before the "Pathétique" Symphony which would be his musical testament. But here, all is hardly fairytale and sugar thanks to an extraordinary melodic inspiration which is brought out by a light orchestration with unique timbres, like in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy which popularised the Celesta, an odd instrument invented in 1886 (an improbable lovechild of the glockenspiel and the piano that Tchaikovsky encountered in Paris). Dudamel is playing with dreams here. We are treated to a supple, refined conducting style that looks towards Vienna more than it does to St Petersburg, but it never loses sight of a childlike spirit that's sure to delight. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released December 2, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Symphonic Music - Released January 9, 2017 | Sony Classical

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

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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

Symphonies - Released October 2, 2015 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Symphonic Music - Released February 13, 2017 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Classical - Released April 15, 2015 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Classical - Released February 13, 2017 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Symphonic Music - Released December 16, 2016 | Gustavo Dudamel

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Classical - Released January 9, 2017 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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

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