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Dudamel doubleheader this week on WFMT - New Releases

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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. He describes it as a "symphony of everything, from chaos to glory, sarcasm to tenderness, from a funeral march to a seductive tango. It is a cosmic symphony of perfect construction and galactic emotional scope." It was his triumph at the 2003 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg that catapulted Dudamel to international stardom, and the music of Mahler has remained central not only to his repertoire but to his entire musical philosophy.

WFMT will be giving heavy rotation this week to the Mahler: Symphony No 7: I, Langsam – Allegro risoluto (22:12)

 

The Liberator is billed as one of the largest independent film productions ever to come out of South America. It stars Édgar Ramírez as Simón Bolívar. The music was composed by Gustavo Dudamel in his first score for film. He consulted with John Williams in the preparations for writing the music, describing his score as "atmospheric, post-Mahlerian music, full of tension, hope and struggle." The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and guests from the world of Venezuelan folk music lend the score a distinctive Latin American flavor.

WFMT will be giving heavy rotation this week to the Libertador soundtrack Excerpts (8:34)