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May 5, 2021 --

Gustavo conducts Gustav


Maestro Gustavo Dudamel here conducts the (young) Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in the last movement of Mahler's Second Symphony (The Resurrection - with subtitles). before an audience of 6,000 at London's Royal Albert Hall, ten years ago.  Soloists are Miah Persson, soprano; Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano.

Maestro Dudamel has recently been named music director of the Paris Operat.  He is also music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There has been some quibbling whether Maestro Dudamel is suffficiently experienced in opera to head the Paris institution.  This magnificent performance of the last movement of the Mahler Second Symphony makes it clear that the maestro is a conductor of the first rank, whether the musical genre is orchestral or operatic.

LPR expects that visitors who click the link to Gustavo conducting Gustav will return to click this link many times; it is that special.  And just listen to the ovation from the audience of 6,000, described by Katie Derham.  Bravo Gustavo.

More of Gustavo conducting Gustav

This link is to the final movement of Mahler's First Symphony amazingly conducted by a then 27-year old Gustavo Dudamel who throws himself into this work - and without a score.   Alas, the video ends before the completion of the movement, but it is worth seeing for the sheer exurberant intensity of Dudamel.  (Compare to the more restrained way the older  Dudamel throws himself into the final movement - again conducting without a score -- of Mahler's Second.)  Gustavo Dudamel, clearly a major conductor for the third decade of the 21st century. (BTW -- be sure to google "Dudemel, Mahler's Second Symphony, first movement, SBSOV" for the rest of his rendition of The Resurrection Symphony.)



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