|Christian Kurt Weisz||Director,Editor|
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Bonus documentary: "School of Listening"; Mahler symphony No. 1; Open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Conductor Dudamel and the youthful musicians of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra show energy and verve in playing far from home at the Salzburg Festival. And the audience clearly appreciated the performance. Playing the triple concerto with accomplished European soloists must have been a great experience for the orchestra. They clearly enjoyed every moment of the opportunity to perform before an enlightened crowd of listeners. If you enjoy classical music, particularly orchestral pieces, you will also enjoy the Mussorgsky, for which the orchestra includes far more players. It is wonderful to watch a concert during which the players, the conductor and the audience are sharing the beauty and joy of the music. While one should not set unreasonable expectations for Dudamel as he takes the lead of the L.A. Philharmonic, classical music lovers can only hope that the young conductor's emotional approach to conducting, his delight in leading large orchestral groups, his energy, his goal of continuing to work with young people, and his commitment to expanding his repertoire will help maintain and perhaps grow the audience for classical music.