Celebrating John Williams w/LA PhilharmonicDeutsche Grammophon
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The prestigious Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, and Deutsche Grammophon, the world's leading classical music label, are set to extend their long history of making music together. They will now build on a relationship that has already produced benchmark recordings of works by Mahler and John Adams, among others, and seen orchestra and conductor play key roles in the visionary "DG Concerts" initiative, which allowed music-lovers rapid virtual access to live LA Phil concerts.
Upcoming releases on Deutsche Grammophon will include a tribute to multi-award-winning film composer John Williams and, as the LA Phil marks its centenary season, a commemorative limited-edition box set entitled LA PHIL – 100 YEARS, which will encompass many of the most significant performances given by the orchestra over the decades. As a prelude to this renewed cooperation, in November 2018 DG released the LA Phil and Dudamel's new reading of the complete score of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker to widespread acclaim, with Gramophone hailing the orchestra's "fabulous" playing and The New York Times calling the album a "joyously vibrant recording".
Dudamel, LAPhil, and DG deserve thanks for releasing these endlessly fascinating 'Ives' works / THE CLASSIC REVIEW
Deutsche Grammophon releases Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's performances of the complete Charles Ives symphony cycle. Called "a revelation" by the Los Angeles Times, the rarely heard symphony cycle was recorded in early 2020 as part of the LA Phil's Dvořák and Ives festival. THE CLASSIC REVIEW's David A. McConnell writes.....Dudamel, the Los Ange...
Gustavo Dudamel's live 'Ives' performances are energetic / LIMELIGHT
Charles Ives' four symphonies chart his compositional career from student to mature maverick. His First Symphony sticks to academic rules of form and harmony (more or less). Despite an overlong finale, its vigorous counterpoint keeps it moving. Familiar Ivesian fingerprints appear in the Second (quotations from patriotic songs, et cetera), but it is not until the glaringly dissonant last chord that Ives ...
Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil 'Ives: Complete Symphonies' is the WFMT 'Featured New Release'
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present a rare complete set of the symphonies by Charles Ives. These critically acclaimed live performances were recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall in February 2020. Ives was an American original, an artist ahead of his time who explored novel combinations of traditional classical forms and American vernacular music, pioneering and exploiting techniques ...
Movie music magic on KDFC - Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil 'Celebrate John Williams' is 'Album Of the Week'
The new release, Celebrating John Williams, is exactly that, a celebration of the great film composer from his hometown orchestra, the LA Phil. Williams worked closely with music director Gustavo Dudamel on this project, which was recorded live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in January of this year. For the week of 6/10/2019, the KDFC: San Francisco 'Album Of the Week' is 'Celebrating Jo...
Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil - Celebrating John Williams is the KUSC 'Album Of the Week'
The new release, Celebrating John Williams, is exactly that, a celebration of the great film composer from his hometown orchestra, the LA Phil. Williams worked closely with music director Gustavo Dudamel on this project, which was recorded live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in January of this year. For the week of 6/10/2019, the KUSC: Los Angeles 'Album Of the Week' is 'Celebrating John...
Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil 'Celebrating John Williams' is the WCRB: CD of the Week
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic offer a loving tribute to John Williams, capturing the heartbreak, suspense, and soaring power of the music of an American genius. John Williams was in his mid-forties when his scores for Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were thrilling audiences in movie theaters. They went wild when Zubin Mehta conducted the music in concert in Los Ang...
Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil - Celebrating John Williams is the WCLV: Recording of the Week
"There can be no real statistics to back up any of this, but it is surely obvious that John Williams has written by a long shot the most widely heard orchestral music of our time." So began LA Times critic Mark Swed's review of the January 2019 concert contained on these two CDs. Mr. Swed continued, "How could it be otherwise with his scores that have all but defined blockbuster after blockbuster, ...
Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil - Celebrating John Williams is the WFMT: Featured New Release
No other orchestra champions the classic film-music tradition like the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The close working relationship that Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has established with the legendary John Williams makes this the ultimate showcase album of the composer's greatest works. Celebrating John Williams features a selection of unforgettable themes from Williams' much-loved scores for films and fil...
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will open Edinburgh International Festival / CLASSIC fM
The Edinburgh International Festival returns this August, bringing 2,600 artists from around the world to the city for 293 performances. This year's festival includes performances of ‘West Side Story' conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, the final instalment of the Festival's ‘Ring' cycle and a new version of Stravinsky's ‘Rite of Spring.' Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles...
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil reinvigorate Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' / KDFC: Album Of the Week
When a conductor of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker doesn't have to worry about what the dancers are doing on stage, it can be very freeing! It certainly is for Gustavo Dudamel in this inspired concert performance with the LA Phil from 2013. In his LA Times review, Mark Swed wrote: "For those for whom the images of dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and violence to mice are inextricably connected ...
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil reinvigorate Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' / KUSC: Album Of the Week
When a conductor of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker doesn't have to worry about what the dancers are doing on stage, it can be very freeing! It certainly is for Gustavo Dudamel in this inspired concert performance with the LA Phil from 2013. In his LA Times review, Mark Swed wrote: "For those for whom the images of dancing snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and violence to mice are inextricably connected to the m...
What if someone tried to take the HB: Tchaikovsky spectacular seriously? / LA Times
More than any other Los Angeles Philharmonic music director, maybe more than any other conductor before, Gustavo Dudamel loves the Hollywood Bowl. And he probably loves Tchaikovsky - the favorite composer of his late mentor, José Antonio Abreu - the most, as well. Even so, the Bowl's annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular, which Dudamel led in an incomparably spectacular fashion Friday night (and repeated...
Gustavo Dudamel, LA Phil at Geffen Hall, flood the Shostakovich Fifth with wattage / Vulture
Even a well-worn symphony can shock, in a concert hall. If you've never heard Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 before, the fact that audience members around you are conducting it in their heads doesn't mute the raucous passions, the clashing of iron plates, the tunes that swirl together boastfulness and regret. It's always new to someone. And even if you do know the work, epiphanies can be repeated. Experie...
Gustavo Dudamel reflects on music, architecture and his adopted city / Los Angeles Times
When Gustavo Dudamel made his U.S. debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 2005, word had already gotten out about the 24-year-old Venezuelan conductor who had won a major conducting competition in Germany the year before. Glancing around the box section of the amphitheater, you could see administrators from one major American orchestra after another who had come to check him out...
If anyone told me I'd be reviewing the fourth season of 'Mozart in the Jungle' / San Francisco Chronicle
I have to admit, if anyone had told me I'd be reviewing the fourth season of "Mozart in the Jungle," I would have suggested psychotherapy. The comedy-drama is set in the world of classical music; the main characters are a young Mexican conductor and members of the fictional New York Symphony, including a young oboe player; and the show features guest stars like Caroline Shaw, John Cameron Mitchell, Pablo...
After an astounding year, the LAPhil deserves a top 10 list of its own / LATimes
Now look what the Los Angeles Philharmonic has done. It isn't enough to be America's most important orchestra, a progressive opera company, a leader in enlightened arts administration, a major festival maker, an unbelievably fertile factory for new music, an international trailblazer in community involvement and education. The incurably disruptive L.A. Phil has even gone and upended the year-end ...
Dudamel's Mahler 7 is Forbes - CD Of The Week
The Seventh is Mahler's trickiest Symphony in almost every way. Baffling banalities next to arduous intricacies, questions of irony or naïveté, and turn-on-a-dime changes of mood. The rustic alpine sits next to an irregular waltz played like a Viennese Heurigen-orchestra that has collectively gone insane, sits next to Romeo and Juliet's balcony in an overtly Italianate movement. The end is gl...
Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra L.A. to perform at Super Bowl halftime show / Los Angeles Times
For the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Coldplay and Beyoncé will get some company from a different kind of musical superstar: Gustavo Dudamel is set to lead members of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles during the splashy event, organizers are expected to announce on Thursday. The conductor, who is the music and artistic director of the L.A. Philharmonic, will be joined onstage by students from the YOL...
Dudamel doubleheader this week on WFMT - New Releases
2 Gustavo Dudamel recordings have been selected as the WFMT - Chicago 'New Release Of the Week. GD's Mahler: Symphony No 7 & The Liberator soundtrack. Both on Deutsche Grammophon and both with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela led by Maestro Dudamel. Gustavo Dudamel resumes his survey of the Mahler symphonies with this recording of the Seventh....
Gustavo Dudamel adds film scoring to his resume for The Liberator / San Jose Mercury News interview
It's nearly noon on a Saturday. A blazing sun bears down on the Hollywood Bowl, whose 18,000 seats are unoccupied at the moment. But onstage Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan-born conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is leading a vigorous rehearsal. The musicians, shaded by the venue's shell, are all in casual dress. Dudamel is sporting a black polo shirt, jeans and what look like blu...
Gustavo Dudamel interview w/ The Los Angeles Daily News about first film score: The Liberator
Gustavo Dudamel starts his sixth season as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's musical director on September 30. So it's hard to believe that he is only 33. In Southern California, his name and classical music have become synonymous, while his creation of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) has brought music to underserved children throughout the community. Though a world celebrity, this Thurs...
Joshua Bell joins Gustavo Dudamel and LA Phil for Mozart & Sibelius / Culture Spot LA review
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil served up a lunchtime plate of musical treats last Friday May 16 by Mozart and Sibelius. Joined by Joshua Bell, Dudamel and the LA Phil played Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 by Sibelius and Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture and his Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 ("Linz"). READ THE FULL Culture Spot LA ARTICLE...