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Dances and Waves: Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert 2012
     

Dances and Waves: Schönbrunn Summer Night Concert 2012

by Gustavo Dudamel
 
As the young star Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel begins to spread his wings beyond glitzy L.A., murmurs of doubt as to his talent are sometimes heard. It's hard to find any reason for doubt, however, in this live concert recorded in one of the very citadels of Old European music: the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna (it has 1,441 rooms and its own zoo).

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As the young star Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel begins to spread his wings beyond glitzy L.A., murmurs of doubt as to his talent are sometimes heard. It's hard to find any reason for doubt, however, in this live concert recorded in one of the very citadels of Old European music: the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna (it has 1,441 rooms and its own zoo). Dudamel offers a program that, with the exception of the "Dance of the Persian Slaves" from Mussorgsky's "Khovanshchina" and the encore by Spanish zarzuela composer Jerónimo Giménez, consists entirely of true chestnuts. To get a rise out of the Vienna Philharmonic, and out of a Viennese audience for which "staid" was probably the right word, seems a tall order. And Dudamel fills that order with total aplomb. The program is masterfully structured. In the opening Polonaise from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," he sticks with the sort of clipped, precise rhythms that Viennese like in their waltzes. He takes his time turning on the gas, but the intensity begins to flow in the Polovtsian dances of Borodin and peaks in a tumultuous "La Mer" that has the proper Viennese cheering loudly at the end. Even a work as familiar as Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours" (known to those of a certain age, no older, no younger, as "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh") is given subtle rhythmic twists and fresh transitions, and the musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic, who have certainly played these works hundreds of times, seem absolutely engaged. Combine it all with fine live sound from Deutsche Grammophon and you have an exemplary take on the hoary Viennese concert album genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947647171
catalogNumber:
001717502
Rank:
123588

Tracks

  1. La Boda de Luis Alonso, zarzuela: Intermezzo
  2. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Danza delle ore
  3. Salome's Dance, for orchestra (from the opera; aka "Dance of the Seven Veils") (TrV 215a)
  4. La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, L. 109
  5. Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtsian Dances
  6. Khovanshchina, opera in 5 acts, edited by Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Persian Slaves
  7. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Polonaise

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