- Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
- Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasy for orchestra in E minor, Op. 32
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Conducting superstar Gustavo Dudamel releases an all-new recording of Tchaikovsky’s commanding Fifth Symphony. Once again leading the famed Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, this high-energy performance is unforgettable and yet again another example of Dudamel’s passion and authenticity. The CD also includes a performance of Tchaikovsky’s virtuoso orchestral show-piece, Francesca da Rimini. -- From the Label
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
DGG made a wise choice in signing Gustavo Dudamel and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar - the prime youth orchestra of Venezuela - for a series of recordings before he had planted roots in the United States. There is a special communication between orchestra and conductor that is apparent as they tour the cities of the US. No, the quality of sound has not the polished gleam of the orchestras Dudamel is conducting outside of Venezuela, but hearing music form the conductors roots informs audiences just how innately musical Dudamel is. For this listener it seems a wise choice to record the familiar works now released: with symphonies so well known there is time to examine the approaches to phrasing and dynamics and architecture, and here Gustavo Dudamel easily demonstrates his gifts. This is a warmly splendid reading of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. It may come as a surprise to those unfamiliar with Dudamel's magic he creates with orchestras he conducts that the performance is not played for flash and bombastic impact. Instead he elects subtleties of phrasing and sensitive balances among the various choirs of the orchestra that result in a powerfully heartfelt and emotional performance without superimposing artificial emphasis on climaxes and 'heart on the sleeve' techniques. Repeated listenings reinforce just how mature this reading is in comparison to the many other recordings long held as gold standards. This listener agrees with Santa Fe Listener's fine review on every point. The 'Francesca da Rimini' is a tone poem that, while well written and performed as it is here, never quite catches fire for this listener. That is not to say it is not worth yet another recording, but somehow the glory of the Symphony No. 5 asks for silence and time for meditation at the end instead of the CD immediately tracking the flights of the added tone poem. That is a personal mater for the listener: Dudamel makes a convincing argument for the inclusion of this less often performed work in the repertoire. Grady Harp